Typhoon Haiyan has claimed the lives of thousands and displaced millions more. Along with other aid organizations from around the world, our disaster response partners Team Rubicon and Direct Relief have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the storm, and we’ve been working closely with them to support their efforts. On Veterans Day [...]
C4ADS has been in the spotlight lately. A front-page story in a recent Sunday edition of the Washington Post highlighted the D.C.-based organization’s data-driven research into illicit networks trafficking weapons and other goods throughout various conflict zones. Over the past year, their research into enablers of conflict has led them on a path of analysis from illegal shipments of [...]
Having developed a glowing reputation inside the Beltway, Palantir has risen from a lowly five-person startup to a massive company that has the support of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Jan. 2005-Jan.2009), former CIA director David Petraeus (Sep. 2011-Nov. 2012) and former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet (July 1997-July 2004)
And now Palantir is emerging from the shadow world of spies and special ops to take corporate America by storm. The same tools that can predict ambushes in Iraq are helping pharmaceutical firms analyze drug data. According to a former JPMorgan Chase staffer, they've saved the firm hundreds of millions of dollars by addressing issues from cyberfraud to distressed mortgages. A Palantir user at a bank can, in seconds, see connections between a Nigerian Internet protocol address, a proxy server somewhere within the U.S. and payments flowing out from a hijacked home equity line of credit, just as military customers piece together fingerprints on artillery shell fragments, location data, anonymous tips and social media to track down Afghani bombmakers.
Lessig's recognition of the important role played by technology in protecting privacy and civil liberties has had a significant influence on Palantir's own approach to these issues. We continue to look for ways in which technology and law can support each other by building effective analytic capabilities that protect privacy and civil liberties at the same time.