Is an NSA algorithm really killing ‘thousands of innocent people’…probably not

February 19, 2016Share this article: The NSA’s SKYNET program earned some unwanted attention after a report said the agency’s machine learning algorithm is inadequate. Questions surrounding the use of metadata have continuously plagued the NSA. The agency has repeatedly come under fire for its controversial collection and use of metadata. The NSA’s SKYNET program earned more unwanted attention following a report from Ars Technica that analyzed NSA documents published by The Intercept last year, quoting a data scientist who said the NSA’s use of a machine learning algorithm in monitoring the metadata of Pakistan’s mobile network is “ridiculously optimistic” and “completely bull***t.” Human Rights Data Analysis Group director of research Patrick Ball was more diplomatic in his correspondence with SCMagazine.com. He noted via Twitter that the Random Forests machine learning method used by the…


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