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How Big data helped America capture Osama

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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A lot has been said about Big Data and its inherent uses or applications in the finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and advertising industries but little is known of the great work it is doing as regards fraud and crime detection.
Based in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley), Palantir Technologies was founded in 2003 by Peter Thiel, Alex Carp, Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen and Nathan Gettings popularly known as The PayPal Mafia because 4 of the 5 founders were originally from PayPal. While at PayPal, they needed dynamic fraud detection software to counter the ever evolving tactics of the predominantly Russian fraudsters PayPal was losing money to. The company felt computers using artificial intelligence alone could not defeat this adaptive enemy and proposed using human analysts (analytics) to explore data from many sources (Big Data).
This combination of human and artificial intelligence worked so well that after they had left PayPal, they decided to start a new company that would base off this proprietary software and Palantir Technologies was born. The software was further tweaked and improved upon with funding from American Intelligence agencies and Palantir Technologies is now valued at well over $9bn. Palantir’s detection software is now used by the CIA, US Marines, NSA, FBI amongst others. One of their most notable achievements to date would be in helping capture America’s most wanted; Osama Bin Laden.
Ex CIA Analyst, Nada Bakos who was a “targetter”, an analyst used to capture or kill senior members of terrorist organisations, recently talked about the futility the agency faced with having to go through massive amounts of data collected for collection sake and not being able to get any actionable information from the heap.
“The answer lay in a sifting system the CIA created that was able to focus raids based on actionable and relevant intelligence. The system, she said, balanced big data and small data use while pointing efforts to meaningful intelligence. The result, Bakos said, was the capture of Ghul, discovery of the courier, and in follow through, eliminating Osama bin Laden.”
The collection and analysis of Big Data can unlock possibilities we never even knew existed.A lot has been said about Big Data and its inherent uses or applications in the finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and advertising industries but little is known of the great work it is doing as regards fraud and crime detection.
Based in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley), Palantir Technologies was founded in 2003 by Peter Thiel, Alex Carp, Joe Lonsdale, Stephen Cohen and Nathan Gettings popularly known as The PayPal Mafia because 4 of the 5 founders were originally from PayPal. While at PayPal, they needed dynamic fraud detection software to counter the ever evolving tactics of the predominantly Russian fraudsters PayPal was losing money to. The company felt computers using artificial intelligence alone could not defeat this adaptive enemy and proposed using human analysts (analytics) to explore data from many sources (Big Data).
This combination of human and artificial intelligence worked so well that after they had left PayPal, they decided to start a new company that would base off this proprietary software and Palantir Technologies was born. The software was further tweaked and improved upon with funding from American Intelligence agencies and Palantir Technologies is now valued at well over $9bn. Palantir’s detection software is now used by the CIA, US Marines, NSA, FBI amongst others. One of their most notable achievements to date would be in helping capture America’s most wanted; Osama Bin Laden.
Ex CIA Analyst, Nada Bakos who was a “targetter”, an analyst used to capture or kill senior members of terrorist organisations, recently talked about the futility the agency faced with having to go through massive amounts of data collected for collection sake and not being able to get any actionable information from the heap.
“The answer lay in a sifting system the CIA created that was able to focus raids based on actionable and relevant intelligence. The system, she said, balanced big data and small data use while pointing efforts to meaningful intelligence. The result, Bakos said, was the capture of Ghul, discovery of the courier, and in follow through, eliminating Osama bin Laden.”
The collection and analysis of Big Data can unlock possibilities we never even knew existed.

Contributed by:

OKEKE KELO
Infrastructure and Data Management Specialist
TENECE

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