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Government Aims to Build a ‘Data Eye in the Sky’
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: October 10, 2011
"Now social scientists are trying to mine the vast resources of the Internet
— Web searches and Twitter messages, Facebook and blog posts, the digital
location trails generated by billions of cellphones — to do the same thing.
The most optimistic researchers believe that these storehouses of “big data”
will for the first time reveal sociological laws of human behavior —
enabling them to predict political crises, revolutions and other forms of
social and economic instability, just as physicists and chemists can predict
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