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Crowd-Sourced Intelligence Agency (CSIA)

AI Artist Tutorial: SAT Sept. 9, 2017, 12 noon-1:30 PM, POSTCITY, AI Projects

Credit: Derek Curry

Derek Curry (US), Jennifer Gradecki (US)

The Crowd-Sourced Intelligence Agency (CSIA) is a creative research project that partially replicates an open-source intelligence (OSINT) system, including an interface that allows users to experience how intelligence agents surveil social media posts and two machine-learning classifiers for predictive policing.

Like OSINT interfaces used by intelligence agencies and government contractors, the CSIA recontextualizes social media posts by removing them from their original context and reframing them as a potential threat to national security. The app was created using technical manuals, research reports, academic papers, leaked documents and Freedom of Information Act files.

By providing first-hand experience with social media monitoring systems, the CSIA exposes potential problems with current dataveillance processes in order to help users understand the effectiveness of OSINT processing and make informed decisions when navigating social media surveillance.


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