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Does Tartan Tie TrapWire to Surveillance of Occupy Wall Street?

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Russian news outlet RT.com has been excitedly suggesting that the TrapWire surveillance system marks the advent of an American police state. Now RT is suggesting a fairly direct connection between the shady ex-CIA types behind TrapWire and something called Tartan Metrics.

Tartan certainly uses dense doublespeak to describe itself, stating on its site landing page that it “quantifies key influencers and hidden connections in social networks using mathematical algorithms” for “un-biased output.” RT doesn’t note that Tartan is so secretive those interested in its services can try them for free over the web, but maybe they have more important information to impart–Tartan expressly mentions using its software and services to analyze Occupy Wall Street and related movements: Read More

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Celly: A Mass-Text Social Network for the Occupy Wall Street Movement

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At 1:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Betabeat received a text message. “URGENT: Hundreds of police mobilizing around Zuccotti. Eviction in progress!” We have no idea who was behind the missive, but it was the first news alert we got about the eviction—the text came in even before we saw it on Twitter. This is TextOccupy, a mass-texting listserve powered by Celly, a free group texting service based in Portland, Ore. that in the past has focused on use in schools. Read More

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Occupy Wall Street Could Get Occupation-to-Occupation VPN

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Um, wow. There is a new initiative by the Free Network Foundation to build a private network for Occupy Wall Street and its affiliated movements in other cities. “We are the Free Network Foundation, builders and advocates of distributed and decentralized communication systems. We believe that the Internet should be used to connect people, not to spy on them, oppress them, or turn a profit,” says co-founder and executive director Isaac Wilder. Read More