Posts by: Jason Payne

Collaborating with Google Ideas and Global Impact Award winners to Fight Human Trafficking

It is estimated that there are 21 million people enslaved worldwide.1 Human trafficking is the third largest global illicit trade and is growing at a higher rate than weapons and narcotics. Men, women, and children are victims of trafficking internationally as well as within the United States.

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Philanthropy Engineers embed with Team Rubicon for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Since 4 November, Palantir’s Philanthropy Engineering team has been supporting Team Rubicon’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. We have engineers on the ground in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway who are standing up, operating, and training volunteers on our software, while others provide reachback support from our offices across the country. This is an exciting time for Philanthropy Engineering at Palantir not only because we are supporting such an inspiring mission, but because it is the first time that we’ve deployed engineers to a disaster area to support relief efforts directly. Several of our Philanthropy Engineers have been writing up reports from the field, and we want to share them here since they best communicate what this effort is all about.

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OSINT Analysis of Sudan and South Sudan

Less than four months ago, the Southern portion of Sudan seceded and formed South Sudan, only the 5th country to be created this century. In this session, we will demonstrate how Palantir can draw from a plethora of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) data sources (including academic research, blogs, news media, NGO reports and United Nations studies) to rapidly construct an understanding of the conflict underlying this somewhat anomalous 21st Century event. Using a suite of Palantir Helpers developed for OSINT analysis, the video performs relational, temporal, statistical, geospatial, and social network analysis of over a dozen open sources of data.

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Iranian Influences

Iran poses a unique national security challenge to the United States. Not only is Iran expanding its influence into Iraq, Afghanistan, and Latin America, but it also has aspirations to become a nuclear power while sponsoring global terrorism through its surrogate, Hezbollah.

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Shadow Network

Palantir partner Information Warfare Monitor has struck again, this time using Palantir to expose a China-based espionage operation known as the Shadow Network that hacked into the upper echelons of the Indian security and defense apparatus.  Cyber spies stole documents related to Indian security, embassies abroad, and even NATO troop activity in Afghanistan. This is the second major spy ring that the researchers from SecDev and Citizen Lab have uncovered; in March 2009 they exposed GhostNet, an online espionage network that targeted the office of the Dalai Lama as well as many other high profile organizations around the world.

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Linking Disparate Data Sets for Comparative Analysis in Healthcare

In this video we compare Medicare quality (reported from the Medicare Hospital Compare Database) to Medicare spending (reported from Medicare Cost Reports). In order to perform this comparison and link these data sets, we utilized a variety of data integration features including several geospatial capabilities of Palantir. Other related analysis may include relating healthcare insurance claims, demographics, survey data sets or other historical trends to better understand patterns within the data.

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Haiti IDP Camp Flood Vulnerability Analysis

As we enter the beginning of the rainy season in Haiti, one of the biggest problems facing relief organizations today is the spectre of flooding and mudslides destroying Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. In this video, we integrate data from many sources to determine high risk aid locations.

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Palantir Supports all Languages, including Elvish

Due to demand from our international clients, one of the many features we have developed in our upcoming 2.4 release of Palantir Government is the ability to localize the Palantir Workspace in any language. While we have supported data and ontologies in any languages for years, the 2.4 Internationalization Project enables us to support menus, text, and buttons in any language. Furthermore, a client can have Workspaces of multiple languages all running on the same Palantir server. For example, an organization in Afghanistan could have users with English, Dari, Pashto, French, and Spanish Workspaces all collaborating and sharing knowledge.

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Sharing Information to Support Haiti Relief Efforts

Palantir Technologies is contributing to the Haiti relief effort by providing a public instance of Palantir to enable aid organizations to easily access and share vital data.  One of the many challenges these organizations face is gaining awareness about the situation on the ground, including locations of heavily damaged infrastructure, people in greatest need of medical attention, and the availability of food and water. Using Palantir, aid organizations will be able to maximize their cooperation, situational awareness, and knowledge base. Organizations interested in contributing data to the relief effort should contact us (www.palantirtech.com/contact/).

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