How much information do you need to simulate aggregate human behavior? What lines would we cross to get there?...
One of the major headlines in recent news is Edward Snowden's revelation of documents which prove that the US government is using high-tech software to gather massive amounts of private information on every-day Americans.
Snowden has taken bold action against the government in an effort to publicize the government's violation of constitutional rights and to "inform the public as to which is done in their name and that which is done against them".
Snowden has offered himself as the main proponent in this political debate by revealing himself as the source of covert documents which blatantly violate privacy rights. In doing so he has subsequently linked himself to a debate which will likely have personal ties for years to come. Snowden recognizes the dangers he is incurring but believes he has a greater duty to impede the government from destroying "privacy, internet freedom, and basic liberties for people around the world".
As one would presume, much speculation - from both sides of the debate - has followed this heavily disputed announcement. Snowden has asserted that the government is unlawfully collecting phone records and surveilling internet activities. Government officials have vigilantly denied these accusations. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers spoke on the issue saying "He doesn't have a clue how this thing works; neither did the perso...[ Click here for full document ]