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View Diary: I Doubt the NSA Knows What Data It Has, Where It Came from, Who Has Accessed It and If It Was Stolen (158 comments)

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  •  how could they? (9+ / 0-)

    As one who deals with data and integration on a daily basis, I know all too well how little most people understand on even the most basic level how computers and networks work. Politicians and administrators will never understand what's happening in a technological web like this.

    This is a hard cold fact of the world we live in now - In many situations technical people have to make decisions for non technical people because of a matter of basic understanding.

    The notion that some analyst like Snowden is making decisions on metadata gathering never surprised or bothered me that much because in reality, these technical analysts are the only one actually in a position to make these decisions!

    If you have ever been to a meeting and tried to present metadata, analytics, or technical options to general decision maker types (administrators, politicians), you'll know just what I mean.

    With very little actual technical information out there about what is going on behind the scenes, paranoia will rule. (remember, most of what we know is from a powerpoint presentation shared with a reporter).

    Knowing more about what is in fact possible and what is in fact likely tends to calm down the paranoia a bit, in my experience.

    He who throws mud only loses ground -- Fat Albert

    by c0wfunk on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 03:19:33 PM PDT

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