Data Mining intiatives of the US government :
The Data mining efforts of the US government on US Citizens might be an effective tool to scrutinize terrorists and other illegal elements.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which created the predecessor of the Internet, is developing the Total Information Awareness database which is re-christened as Terrorist Information Awareness, draws on a cross-section of school, financial, travel, and medical records, looking for trends and patterns that may indicate terrorist activity.
The Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II) which is being developed by the Transportation Security Administration would analyze airline passengers’ names, addresses, birthdays, and phone numbers for use in preflight screenings. CAPPS II would replace the current airline passenger screening system in the U.S during the mid-2004.
While some section of congress feels that this could be an anti-privacy act, some duly defend it. However it could be, I am happy that the under-estimated and mis-understood data mining technology is put to its maximum use.
Read this for what Raghu Ramakirshnan, a professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, has to say about these data mining initiatives.