Dear Aftermath...or is it Bill,One of the things that I learned early in life, particularly when I moved to London and then to the Isle of Wight, was that taxi drivers are a mine of information on the local environment. When one is contemplating moving into a new area, then what can be better than entering into conversation with one's taxi driver to find out who is who and who does what in the local environment. Of course, one doesn't have to enter into conversation with one's cabbie, after all, one is a captive audience, one just has to guide the conversation with a few "open" questions which helps to ascertain the kind of environment and type of people one is going or hoping to meet up with if one settles there. The nice thing about such open source messages and conversations is that they, up until now, is that they were private and not recorded; and can establish so much of what one wants to know, without any additional expense rather than the hire. Of course, nowadays, the metadata is just as important...(if not more so)...than the content of the conversation, but that is the internet and all this new information technology for you.
When I visited New York for a holiday...before 9/11, I met up with a cabbie whose English was very poor. He was a Russian immigrant, yet knew his way around New York so well, and was able to tell me and me missus the best places to go and which places to avoid and at what time. All it cost was a nice tip at the end of the journey, with which he was very pleased, and he could see that us Scots were not at all prejudiced about his origins or his politics. What more can one ask for in life...sarcasm is such an ugly word...to be accused of using it is so hurtful...;-) .
ATB Dougie.P.S. Have you ever read any of Le Carre's novels? He has written 23 and like all good security and intelligence buffs, I have read, nay, studied all of them. You can find them in all good bookshops and they are available on line very cheap. Like le Carre, I find fiction far more educational than non-fiction. And fiction has the added advantage that it is not classified or subject to secrecy laws, yet contains all the craft of the trade of information. Beware of course, that le Carre's main theme, as is that of William Boyd, is betrayal...
On 26/06/14 19:54, Aftermath wrote:
... cant tell if sarcasm or not..?but yeah, I just found the link and I thought this list would appreciate the share :)On Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM, doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:On 26/06/14 18:19, Aftermath wrote: Dear Aftermath...or is it Bill? I thought this posting was absolutely brilliant. My congratulations to you for bringing it to our attention and Mr. Wong wh did the initial research. Why? Because...if you think on it, you have saved the NSA, the CIA and the intelligence and security departments of the New York Police Force huge amounts of money on expenditure of resources...and foreign organisations such as the Chinese, the Israelis, the Russians and any ole Tom, Dick and Harry of a security organisation a lot of time. Even the United Nations security and intelligence services will be all agog at your posting when they read it. I hope you are not claiming copyright on it...;-) . At the click of a button, they can all find out who has been doing what in New York....United Nations officials, Ambassadors, envoys, consuls and all sorts of public and civil service officials, secret service, intelligence services, even the private sector. All this metadata available to link up with known associations and links...and all open source too, who visited who and when, who was where and when, with a little help from the smart mobile phone, the most valuable source of i.d. location and contacts, you have provided the world, with a wealth of information. Just think...the amount of money you have saved the world's intelligence organisations. Absolutely f*cking brilliant....My congratulations... ATB;-) Dougie. P.S. Who needs privacy and encryption when we have all this stuff about the world leaders in our very own hands. It is all a question of pressing the right button... http://chriswhong.com/open-data/foil_nyc_taxi/ and https://medium.com/@vijayp/f6bc289679a1 from the second link... " Recently, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, Chris Whongreceived and made public a complete dump of historical trip and fare logs from NYC taxis. It’s pretty incredible: there are over 20GB of uncompressed data comprising more than 173 million individual trips. Each trip record includes the pickup and dropoff location and time, anonymized hack licence number and medallion number (i.e. the taxi’s unique id number, 3F38, in my photo above), and other metadata. These data are a veritable trove for people who love cities, transit, and data visualization. But there’s a big problem: the personally identifiable information (the driver’s licence number and taxi number) hasn’t been anonymized properly — what’s worse, it’s trivial to undo, and with other publicly available data, one can even figure out which person drove each trip. In the rest of this post, I’ll describe the structure of the data, what the person/people who released the data did wrong, how easy it is to deanonymize, and the lessons other agencies should learn from this. (And yes, I’ll also explain how rainbows fit in). The NYC taxi data consist of a number of CSV-files..... "