Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins asks if wider use of technological surveillance, of the kind that is used against terrorists like al-Qaeda, might have done a better job in preventing the massacre allegedly perpetrated by Stephen Paddock. He writes:
This column has always been partial to Dean Martin’s theory of gun control. The singer was arrested with an illegal weapon in his car. When asked by a reporter if everybody should carry a gun, he joked, “No, just me.”
Unfortunately, this is not a realistic basis for legislating for 330 million people. Let’s stop covering our eyes with respect to the potential of big data. As a top U.S. intelligence official pointed out after 9/11, nearly every transaction and communication nowadays leaves an electronic trail—if we could only make use of it.
The information exists. It would be a job for algorithms, not human snoops, to rake through the unimaginable piles of data for the telltale patterns. Protection of privacy could be programmed into such a system, with rules specifying how such information can be surfaced for human consideration. So let’s at least be willing to find out what the potential is.
Read more here.
Latest posts by E.J. Smith - Your Survival Guy (see all)
- Preparing Yourself for the Next Disaster: Water Requirements - October 16, 2017
- Buffett’s Flying J Invests in the Energy Revolution - October 13, 2017
- You Are on the Most Beautiful Boulevard in Paris - October 12, 2017