Stuart Wakeling

Big data and the spy who loved me

Blog Post created by Stuart Wakeling Employee on May 11, 2015

As a law abiding individual I'm in favor of authorities having the information and the resources they require to investigate those who intend harm to others for their own political or ideological means.

 

It’s therefore reassuring to see the Government of Canada backing a new anti-terror law to expand the reach of the spy agencies to include the Internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32619046. This is in light of reports of suspicious-packages-still-arriving-at-canadian-courthouses that threaten our justice system.

 

While the Canadian Intelligence Security Service’s efforts will pail in comparison to the NSA’s massive data collection (which has been deemed illegal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32620742) it still poses the question; how do you find the needle in the haystack when you’re dealing with BIG data?

 

Akamai delivers over 2 trillion daily internet transactions but how do you process and store all that information (or store while you process?) Cloud computing vs supercomputers?  What about the privacy concerns? How do you legitimately gather data while being respectful of the existing privacy laws?

 

Lots of questions and I don’t have the answers though I suspect that as I’m talking about spying and big data in a public forum, I would like to thank our security agencies for reading this blog and for all your hard work to keep us safe.

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