DHS Emulating Doctorow’s ‘Scroogled’ Tale

    November 14, 2007
    WebProNews Staff

A dark future tale by Cory Doctorow spoke of a Department of Homeland Security enforcing immigration laws, and others, with the help of Google. He may not have been far off the mark.

At DHS, researchers working in the Directorate for Science & Technology are on a mission to head off terrorist attacks, by developing a way to assemble “fuzzy data” into a clearer picture.

Visual analytics will be the key. Science Blog said “analysts must meld the encyclopedic eye of Google with the inductive genius of Sherlock Holmes” to accomplish this.

The inspiration of Edward Tufte, visual data display legend, motivates the ongoing work by DHS and its associated research partners:

The centers