Accession Number:

AD1083852

Title:

The Algorithm of You: Your Profile of Preference or an Agent for Evil

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-05-30

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

This essay explores the topic of individual users data collected from mobile applications apps in the context of the ethical and legal implications that stem from informed consent given to the app developers through privacy and terms of use agreements. Of particular interest are the threats posed to the U.S. military as well as the ethical dilemmas posed by these activities to the populace writ large. After all military personnel are also private citizens and these data collections are particularly troubling since they enable effective profiling and allow adversaries to do the same. The ubiquitous nature of the digital world allows a robust model of a particular user to be built from the voluminous records that track and record their behaviors. This too has implications on national security as algorithms could ultimately be employed as surrogates for individual people.

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE