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Myra Bronstein

Got an interesting email from the ACLU today.

[size=12]Dear ACLU Supporter,
If you are on Facebook, you've undoubtedly seen the quizzes that are so popular on the site. Perhaps you or your friends have even taken some.

These quizzes might be fun. But it’s shocking just how much of your information quizzes can access and how little Facebook does to safeguard that information.

That's why we've created our own Facebook quiz that demonstrates what could be revealed when you, or your friends, take any other quiz on Facebook.

Take our Facebook quiz and find out: What do quizzes really reveal about you?


We know it's a little weird to warn you about Facebook quizzes by asking you to take a Facebook quiz -- but at least you know who we are and that we have a real privacy policy that we're committed to upholding. Can you say the same for every unknown developer of every quiz you or your friends take?

Chances are you can't. Our quiz shows you firsthand how Facebook allows any quiz developer to access your personal information—including religious and political views, sexual orientation, pictures, groups, and posts. And how most of your personal information can be exposed even if it's your friend, and not you, who takes one of these quizzes.

If details about your personal life are collected by a quiz developer, who knows where they could end up or how they could be used. Shared? Sold? Turned over to the government?

It's time for Facebook to upgrade its privacy controls to give you control of your personal information.

Take our Facebook quiz and take action to protect yourself now.

Start by taking the quiz and changing your own Facebook privacy settings—and then sign our online petition and demand that Facebook give you real control over your own information by default!
Eric, Gerri, Lisa, Shannon, Suzanne and Jeremy
ACLU Online Team

P.S. Even if you’re not on Facebook, you can sign our online petition to demand better privacy protections.


Myra Bronstein

Myra Bronstein

Here is text of the information in the video posted before (Taking a close look at Facebook /, possibly with a bit more detail.

"Facebook a CIA Front?

Topic started on 14-7-2007 @ 02:49 PM by WolfofWar

Facebook is a Social Networking Website akin to Myspace and other similar networks. It allows you to communicate with others, and gives you space to post personal information to make your facebook more "personal."

But what information do you use, and how do they use it? They're terms and Conditions state:

By posting Member Content to any part of the Web site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, reformat, translate, excerpt and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorpoate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

Facebook has a "pulse" feature takes your information, and if you go to a university or college, will use that to compile statistical trends of college students. Essentially they find out about you, and use it to make a picture of the college based community on a whole. These statistics compiles data given by universities of members of Facebook. These statistics range from the mundane ("percentage of female college students with conservative views") to the odd ("Percentage of college students that have read Catcher in the Rye")

Okay, so basically, they'll give out your information out to the highest corporate bidder. Not that big of a deal. This will just help Coca Cola make a new corporate jingle. Right? but is there more? Who funds Facebook?

Facebook was given funding of upwards to 12.7 million US dollars from Accel Partners. The managing partner of ACCEL is a man named James W Breyer.

James Breyer was on the Board of the National Ventures Capital Association. A washington thinktank agency. He served personally with a man named Gilman Louie.

Gilman Louie is the founder and CEO of In-Q-TEL

[Note: More In-Q-Tel ties in Peter's thread on the WTC demolition here: MB]

In-Q-TEL is a non-profit venture capital firm, a firm run by the Central Intelligence Agency to:

invest in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping the Central Intelligence Agency equipped with the latest in information technology in support of United States intelligence capability.

In-Q-TEL's primarily invests in new Data Mining Technologies.

What does that mean? essentially, In-Q-TEL ciphers the internet in search for "systems" which can help the CIA data mine with ease. Something like myspace, and facebook, essentially gives the CIA access to trends in various demographics aswell as they're thought patterns and behaviors.

Back to James Breyer. He also was on the Board of Directors of Bolt, Beranak and Newman Technologies. BBN is a defense contractor, dealing primarily with High-technology development. BBN Technologies was the creator of ARPANET, the first operational packet switching network, essentially the first internet system, run by DARPA.

In 2004 (the same year Facebook was created) Gilman Louie, the CEO of In-Q-TEL, jumped onboard with BBN Technologies with a one Doctor Anita Jones.

Dr Anita Jones was a former Board of Directors of In-Q-TEL, and was the former director of Defense Research and Engineering with United States Department of Defense. Her position placed her as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, aswell as an overseer to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

As an overseer of DARPA, she was involved with DARPA's venture in information gathering when DARPA formed the Information Awareness Office in January of 2002.

THe IAO, with its rather Omnious logo pictured above, was a combination of various DARPA research programs, all based around information gathering, were all combined together. IAO's mission swas to "imagine, develop, apply, integrate, demonstrate and transition information technologies, components and prototype, closed-loop, information systems that will counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness"

one of IAO's many projects was something called the Scalable Social Network Analysis project.

Scalable Social Network Analysis: A project involving the development of techniques based on Social Network Analysis for "the key characteristics of terrorist groups and discriminating these groups from other types of societal groups.

Essentially, it was to find a method to analyse social networks and find "characteristics" of terrorist groups.

IAO's goal was to gather information all into one centralized spot, to essentially make a snapshot of society on a whole, to game "Informational" awareness. They're goals of ciphing information include, but are not limited to: Credit Card History, Airline Purchases, Internet Activity, Car Rentals, Educational transcripts, Tax Returns, Medical Records, Utility bills, and "any other available data."

The IAO was shrunken down in size and moved about, convienantly around the time of 2004, when Dr. Anita Jones and Gilman louie jumped aboard BBN. The new IAO project is under codename Topsail, now under the overseeing of both DARPA, the DOD, and also the NSA.

All of this went down shortly before Facebook emerged, a site that shares strikingly many similarities with a data mining operation. It takes personal information, it exploits said information to gather more detailed information, and compiles it into bite sized chunks.

Back to the statistic on the Catcher in the Rye. Why is this a statistic? Both Mark Chapman and John Hinkley Jr, the man that shot and killed John Lennon, and the man that tried to kill Ronald Reagan, respectivelly, both carried Catcher in the Rye with them. Both could be considered domestic "terrorists" in an way.

Could this be a insight into the IAO's Topsail project? The Scalable Social Network Analysis? Trying to find "terrorists" through social network traits?

When they break you down into bite sized chunks, what will they see?

"What does a scanner see? I mean, really see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a passive infrared scanner … see into me — into us — clearly or darkly?" - Quote from Philip K Dick's A Scanner Darkley"
Myra Bronstein Wrote:

IMO, Facebook, is a creature of TIA, developed by DARPA, and being accumulated [everyone's information and associations] at NSA. While for most it is just an innocent site, to me is a vacuumcleaner operation [as if they don't have enough information on all of us already!]

Myra Bronstein

Peter Lemkin Wrote:
Myra Bronstein Wrote:

IMO, Facebook, is a creature of TIA, developed by DARPA, and being accumulated [everyone's information and associations] at NSA. While for most it is just an innocent site, to me is a vacuumcleaner operation [as if they don't have enough information on all of us already!]

Yup, agreed. Vacuum cleaner. You have a way with words Peter.
Will the submit thread to Facebook bookmark being removed now?

'Facebook in personal information exposure shocker' - Smile

Open a new email account and do nothing but ask a friend who does social networking to invite you (or whatever the correct term is) using the new mail account to their online personal space (or whatever the correct term is).

You will now get spam and other such useless mail which should not, ordinarily, know about this new account.

Myra Bronstein

Gary Loughran Wrote:Will the submit thread to Facebook bookmark being removed now?

Probably not, at least for now. We're using Facebook and they're using us. It's a classic symbiotic relationship.

However, our relationship with Facebook is open to discussion and subject to change.