Posts by Jason

Intelligence Integration in Palantir: An Open-Source View of the Afghan Conflict

In this video, we explore a number of ways that Palantir can help commanders and analysts to achieve the information advantage required to win the Afghan counterinsurgency battle: Enabling information flow from the bottom up, ensuring that the critical knowledge gained on the ground reaches all who need to know Combining data on insurgent groups [...]

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Beyond the Cloud: Project Horizon

Project Horizon, developed as a Palantir Hack Day project on top of the Palantir platform, empowers analysts to start with their entire ecosystem of data (literally billions of rows of data), and iteratively pare the data down to discover the proverbial needle in the haystack at the speed of thought (discover the unknown unknowns). Project [...]

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Analyzing Australia’s Public Sphere Initiative

Governments worldwide are starting to leverage web technologies to improve communication between government and the public. This video demonstrates how Palantir can be used to analyze public forum data such as blog feeds and tweets. In this case, Palantir follows ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Senator Kate Lundy’s Public Sphere initiative in an effort to understand [...]

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Investigating an E. Coli Outbreak

This video shows how public health analysts could use Palantir to perform traceback analysis on an outbreak of an illness or infection. With the 2009-2010 flu season just beginning, it’s good time to take a look at how Palantir can be used by government health agencies in the fight to protect public health. The data [...]

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Palantir Wins VAST2009 Visual Analytics Award

The IEEE VAST Challenge 2009 is over and the awards are in. We had another strong year, scoring two awards. Grand Challenge: Analyst’s Tool Choice Intuitive Traffic Visualization and Video Description of the Analysis Process Out of 48 submissions, only 3 Grand Challenge awards were given this year. Below is our video submission, and you [...]

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Investigating Attacks Against Twitter/Facebook/LiveJournal

The DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on August 6th that brought down Twitter and severely degraded  Facebook and LiveJournal was targeting a Georgian activist who is an outspoken critic of Russia’s Georgia policy.  Media reports, and the target himself, allege that Russians may be behind the attack. This is not the first time that [...]

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Multi-Level Security

One of the great challenges of the modern intelligence community is that of Multi-Level security. Multi-Level security refers to a security environment where users with wide ranging access permissions are simultaneously working with data with wide ranging access controls. The paradox of secure collaboration is that the greater the security control, the greater the possibility [...]

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Creating Transparency with Palantir

In this video we explore datasets from Open Secrets in Palantir to reproduce the analysis done by the Sunlight Foundation – Visualizing The Health Care Lobbyist Complex. The Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan organization dedicated to providing meaningful access to information about Congress and the federal government, recently published a research report detailing Senator Max Baucus’s [...]

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Finding a Mole: Cyber Counter Intelligence

This video demonstrates the Palantir platform’s cyber analysis capabilities, specifically investigating a notional case of an Embassy employee exfiltrating classified information to an outside organization. This investigation combines network traffic data, routing information, proximity card, or badge swipe events, social network data, and video surveillance to uncover the suspect employee through statistical, temporal, geospatial, and [...]

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Tracking East Asian Terrorists

After the recent bombings of the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta, Indonesia, many media reports suggested involvement by one of the most wanted men in East Asia, Noordin Mohammed Top. In this video we will use Palantir and open source information, to link Noordin to the recent attacks, as well as explore the recruiting and [...]

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