IBM claims its i2 software can identify terrorists

In 2015, IBM began testing its i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis software to see if it could pick out terrorists, distinguish genuine refugees from imposters carrying fake passports, and perhaps predict bomb attacks.  Using a scoring system based on several data sources and a hypothetical scenario, IBM tested the system on a fictional list of passport-carrying refugees. The score is meant to act as a single piece of data to flag individuals for further scrutiny using additional sources such as data scraped from the Dark Web. Because the system works on unstructured data but does not collect its own intelligence, the more data the system is fed the more accurate IBM claims it will be. The result may be to put increased pressure on lawmakers to authorise bulk data collection; proponents of this approach can claim that it hasn't worked until now only because good analytical tools were not available.

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