Data Mining and Disinformation

“Like two evil villains joining for the ultimate demise of Superman!” – Paul Gallo

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, data mining is a key element of the plot. This is even more interesting to note when you learn in a recent article by Asawin Suebsaeng that the film’s topical parts were all crafted prior to the NSA revelations.

dataminingI’m pretty sure the core beliefs I have about the nation-changing power of data mining was formed over many years and many bits of data from books and breaking news stories.

One of the best and most recent books is “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism” by Ole Miss Professor Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa. It was noted in another book on the subject that at one time Germany had more workers involved in disinformation than as soldiers!

Today we have mega incoming data from multiple internet social media platforms feeding computer brains that puts data mining information on steroids. It’s one of those topics that easily could consume command of a full three hour show.

When data mining and disinformation are put in the wrong hands, it’s like two evil villains joining for the ultimate demise of Superman. As related earlier, disinformation has been part of the political power process for a long time. But never before in history has an unimaginable volume of personal data been so readily available, then quickly consumed and collated by mega computers.

Amazon recently said that data mining has enabled them to ship products to regional centers for specific customers before they even order. New services can take the pulse of the nation on even given political issue or product by consuming billions of tweets in a matter of minutes with uncanny accuracy.

Unfortunately, I believe the Patriot Act, as necessary as it was and still remains, was the sledge hammer put in the wrong hands. Somewhere down the line, the convergence of business technology to delve into the buying habits of customers, the enormous data gathered from the NSA, the friendly corporate alliance between Democrats and power players from Google to Facebook to Microsoft, Amazon, etc. In several article over the past years, some have been honest enough to talk about how the Left salivates over the amazing power to influence votes thru date mining. As many others believe, both of Barack Obama’s victories were achieved by gathering and using both data mining and disinformation with laser intensity.

In the face of overwhelming odds, especially in his re-election, the Democrats achieved just enough votes in each demo, and at the same time demoralized just enough opposition “no voters” to win. That just didn’t happen by coincidence. I think it was Newt Gingrich who said the Republicans were at least ten years behind Democrats in utilizing data mining. As a Conservative, when you put that stat in any computer, all you get a hard drive brain-freeze.