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Project Indect -Unleashing the Matrix Agents on the Web

Project Indect -Unleashing the Matrix Agents on the Web

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Project INDECT: AI to patrol and automate the Internet Police State.
Project INDECT: AI to patrol and automate the Internet Police State.

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Project Indect:Unleashing The Matrix's Agents on the Web

PROJECT INDECT: THE AI THOUGHTPOLICE OF THE WEB?

...more than just a "question of political and intellectual fashion". But what is the Fashion but an actual Trend and not a euphemism? So artificial intelligence to monitor the internet; for those who remember the Matrix's Agents Smith, Brown and Jones these are the "self-aware" AI Police that persecute the Human Resistance in the Matrix's AI. This is almost becoming a dystopian reality. Again as with EUROPOL, BAE Systems* (linked to Bilderberg via its corporate head from another post on The Predictive Correlational Database Project on organised crime) rears its ugly footprint again. Quote: EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour" The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing "Orwellian" technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images for "abnormal behaviour By Ian Johnston Published: 9:08PM BST 19 Sep 2009 A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites,

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discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers.

Its main objectives include the "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence". Project Indect, which received nearly £10 million in funding from the European Union, involves the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and computer scientists at York University, in addition to colleagues in nine other European countries. Shami Chakrabarti, the director of human rights group Liberty, described the introduction of such mass surveillance techniques as a "sinister step" for any country, adding that it was "positively chilling" on a European scale.

The Indect research, which began this year, comes as the EU is pressing ahead with an expansion of its role in fighting crime, terrorism and managing migration, increasing its budget in these areas by 13.5% to nearly £900 million. The European Commission is calling for a "common culture" of law enforcement to be developed across the EU and for a third of police officers – more than 50,000 in the UK alone – to be given training in European affairs within the next five years. According to the Open Europe think tank, the increased emphasis on co-operation and sharing intelligence means that European police forces are likely to gain access to sensitive information held by UK police, including the British DNA database. It also expects the number of UK citizens extradited under the controversial European Arrest Warrant to triple. Stephen Booth, an Open Europe analyst who has helped compile a dossier on the European justice agenda, said these developments and projects such as Indect sounded "Orwellian" and raised serious questions about individual liberty.

"This is all pretty scary stuff in my book. These projects would involve a huge invasion of privacy and citizens need to ask themselves whether the EU should be spending their taxes on them," he said. "The EU lacks sufficient checks and balances and there is no evidence that anyone has ever asked 'is this actually in the best interests of our citizens?'" Miss Chakrabarti said: "Profiling whole populations instead of monitoring individual suspects is a sinister step in any society. "It's dangerous enough at national level, but on a Europe-wide scale the idea becomes positively chilling."

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According to the official website for Project Indect, which began this year, its main objectives include "to develop a platform for the registration and exchange of operational data, acquisition of multimedia content, intelligent processing of all information and automatic detection of threats and recognition of abnormal behaviour or violence". It talks of the "construction of agents assigned to continuous and automatic monitoring of public resources such as: web sites, discussion forums, usenet groups, file servers, p2p [peer-to-peer] networks as well as individual computer systems, building an internet-based intelligence gathering system, both active and passive".

York University's computer science department website details how its task is to develop "computational linguistic techniques for information gathering and learning from the web". "Our focus is on novel techniques for word sense induction, entity resolution, relationship mining, social network analysis [and] sentiment analysis," it says.

A separate EU-funded research project, called Adabts – the Automatic Detection of Abnormal Behaviour and Threats in crowded Spaces – has received nearly £3 million. Its is based in Sweden but partners include the UK Home Office and BAE Systems.

It is seeking to develop models of "suspicious behaviour" so these can be automatically detected using CCTV and other surveillance methods. The system would analyse the pitch of people's voices, the way their bodies move and track individuals within crowds.

Project coordinator Dr Jorgen Ahlberg, of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, said this would simply help CCTV operators notice when trouble was starting. "People usually don't start to fight from one second to another," he said. "They start by arguing and pushing each other. It's not that 'oh you are pushing each other, you should be arrested', it's to alert an operator that something is going on. "If it's a shopping mall, you could send a security guard into the vicinity and things [a fight] maybe wouldn't happen." Open Europe believes intelligence gathered by Indect and other such systems could be used by a little-known body, the EU Joint Situation Centre (SitCen), which it claims is "effectively the beginning of an EU secret service".

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Critics have said it could develop into "Europe's CIA". The dossier says: "The EU's Joint Situation Centre (SitCen) was originally established in order to monitor and assess worldwide events and situations on a 24-hour basis with a focus on potential crisis regions, terrorism and WMD-proliferation.

"However, since 2005, SitCen has been used to share counter-terrorism information. "An increased role for SitCen should be of concern since the body is shrouded in so much secrecy.

"The expansion of what is effectively the beginning of an EU 'secret service' raises fundamental questions of political oversight in the member states." Superintendent Gerry Murray, of the PSNI, said the force's main role would be to test whether the system, which he said could be operated on a countrywide or European level, was a worthwhile tool for the police.

"A lot of it is very academic and very science-driven [at the moment]. Our budgets are shrinking, our human resources are shrinking and we are looking for IT technology that will help us five years down the line in reducing crime and combating criminal gangs," he said. "Within this Project Indect there is an ethical board which will be looked at: is it permissible within the legislation of the country who may use it, who oversees it and is it human rights compliant."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6210255/EU-funding-Orwellian-artificial-intelligenceplan-to-monitor-public-for-abnormal-behaviour.html Project Indect http://www.indect-project.eu/ Quote: Welcome to INDECT homepage

This is the homepage of the EU FP7 project INDECT. UE FP7 INDECT Project: "Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment"

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Grant agreement no.: 218086 Instrument: COLLABORATIVE PROJECT Research area: SEC-2007-1.2-01 Intelligent urban environment observation system Duration: 60 months For more official EU information about INDECT click here. INDECT partners, please log in to gain access to all project related information. Project Description Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment. The main objectives of the INDECT project are: to develop a platform for: the registration and exchange of operational data, acquisition of multimedia content, intelligent processing of all information and automatic detection of threats and recognition of criminal behaviour or violence, to develop the prototype of an integrated, network-centric system supporting the operational activities of police officers, providing techniques and tools for observation of various mobile objects, to develop a new type of search engine combining direct search of images and video based on watermarked contents, and the storage of metadata in the form of digital watermarks, [b] The main expected results of the INDECT project are: to realise a trial installation of the monitoring and surveillance system in various points of city agglomeration and demonstration of the prototype of the system with 15 node stations, implementation of a distributed computer system that is capable of acquisition, storage and effective sharing on demand of the data as well as intelligent processing, construction of a family of prototypes of devices used for mobile object tracking,

construction of a search engine for fast detection of persons and documents based on watermarking technology and utilising comprehensive research on watermarking technology used for semantic search,

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construction of agents assigned to continuous and automatic monitoring of public resources such as: web sites, discussion forums, UseNet groups, file servers, p2p networks as well as individual computer systems, elaboration of Internet based intelligence gathering system, both active and passive, and demonstrating its efficiency in a measurable way.

The Agents Metaphor in The Matrix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_(The_Matrix) Another commenting on Project Indect http://singularityhub.com/2009/10/01/project-indect-set-to-monitor-europe-like-its-1984/ Project Indect's Homepage http://www.indect-project.eu/ * BAE Systems http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAE_Systems

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