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Data mining program near rock bottom

By Alice Lipowicz, Washington Technology, Aug 14, 2007

A key data mining program at the Homeland Security Department is on the verge of cancellation if it does not succeed in winning more support within the department, Inspector General Richard L. Skinner concludes in a new report (pdf).

The Advise program, which stands for Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement, was created by the Science and Technology Directorate in 2003. It is one of 12 major programs at DHS engaged in data mining, which is the use of IT systems to sift through large amounts of data to identify patterns expected to help predict and thwart terrorist activity. Data mining has been controversial because critics say it is invasive of privacy and prone to errors.

According to Skinnerís report, adoption of the Advise program within the department has been slow due to several missteps in its development. Furthermore, three pilot Advise programs have been cancelled due to privacy concerns, and the entire program may shut down unless DHS units help to support it, he wrote.

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