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What the Intelligence Community Is Doing With Big Data

What the Intelligence Community Is Doing With Big Data
Photograph by Deborah Davis

What if the government could know the future?

It’s trying. Armed with billions of tweets, Google searches, Facebook posts, and other publicly available social-media and online data, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is sponsoring research projects involving 14 universities in the United States, Europe, and Israel with the goal of using advanced analytics to predict significant societal events.