Cyber Terrorism in an electoral cycle

Algorithmic distributed denial of attacks can distort signal to noise ratios for critical events monitoring. Imagine bots spinning out keywords (non spam phrases).

The most critical event is not terrorism its an electoral cycle. The rise of cyber connectivity and electronic voting means national infrastructure needs to be scanned, and fortified for threat of offshore or inshore cyber meddling.

In Sept 2011, I had written on attacks at healthcare at and in same year about the errors which lead to such vulnerabilities. Even after 5 years these remain unaddressed. In the last electoral cycle, partly due to my own political bias towards current incumbent I had postulated on such a possibility. Though that electoral cycle went off unscathed ( we hope) , cyber attack capabilities have increased, there is more money floating around to pay hackers ( like the ones who hacked Sony for North korea as an offshore contract) and there is not much progress in cyber defence.

See screenshot from 2013, and the echoes of the 2002 Florida based electoral nightmare.

Screenshot from 2016-03-15 09:25:49



Why US govt creating better websites means lawyers will lose jobs

Here while navigating the intricacies of the immigration system, I am amazed by the needless confusion created by the immigration lawyers as well as people trying to help you.

“The first thing we do,” said the character in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, is “kill all the lawyers.

The websites have everything – all you need to know.

Screenshot from 2016-03-15 06:39:12

It is the website design which is troubling. They are written and presented in a way that Americans have studied in college ( text heavy)

Had there been more pictures, more videos, even a tutorial on which visa you are eligible for, what is the deadlines, updated FAQ with vote-up/vote-down like features, this would help legal immigration.

Maybe Facebook and Google should just volunteer to fix this site. If the Govt bureaucracy takes too long to respond, copy the site and make a better interface. After all it is cheaper than paying for the lawyers.


Crowd Sourced Intelligence

The members of law enforcement and intelligence communities have tight budgets, overworked schedules, and they do not get paid overtime. Sometimes even if you disagree with the whole concept of government being necessary to spy on all the data to find a few terrorists , you can still agree to agree that both police and intelligence do keep us safe from ISIS or Al Queada or Al-Shabab or Al-JustinBieber*

( *unlike the missiles headed for Portland found by a Serbian sniffer dog)

How can the internet help? It can help the intel communit dance better

Just like Amazon Turk helps in crowd sourcing small tasks, there can be small ways the internet can help. I am talking of crowd sourcing some parts of the data ingestion only ( leads) but not the data analysis ( that is best funded by InQueTel because it will need legal guarantees and contracts.

The new huge volume of leads can then be processed by the new BIG DATA capabilities in real time ( say Palantir like startups can help with better software interfaces on helping analysts understand more data as well as helping decision makers with processing more text/mixed media reports/summaries

Good idea or bad idea? Dumb Idea or Idea that has failed before? Type in the comments.

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