The Palantir Blog

Food for Thought: Improving Farmer Livelihoods on 3 Continents

With much of the US focusing on the dinner table at Thanksgiving, we at Palantir wanted to share a video about our work helping Grameen Foundation and other partner organizations use data to alleviate food insecurity and improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers around the world. Improving these farmers’ lives represents one of the world’s most important problems, as over two billion people make their living from agriculture, and smallholder farmers making up 70% of the world’s extreme poor. Watch the video below to see how our technology is helping our partners better target products and services to improve farmers’ productivity and sustainability, optimize farming practices to improve crop yields, and invest in services that work through more effective program monitoring & evaluation. It is critical for organizations working in the space to use data effectively in order to support these outcomes, and we are looking forward to building on this body of work in 2015 to continue to support our partners’ excellent work around the world.

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C4ADS helps East African authorities and local NGOs seize over $10MM in illicit environmental goods

Throughout 2014, our partners at C4ADS have been using Palantir Gotham to uncover illicit networks involved in elephant poaching and the lucrative illegal ivory trade. C4ADS has integrated and analyzed open source data to shine a light on transnational networks trafficking in elephant ivory and other illegal environmental goods, while working with a coalition of NGOs, government partners, and private corporations. As an example of direct impact from this work, C4ADS’ analysis recently helped East African authorities identify a likely illicit shipment, leading to the seizure of at least $11 million in illegal environmental goods and making for one of the largest environmental crime seizures in African history.

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How to Ace a Software Decomp Interview

Coding. Algorithms. System Design. These interviews, to assess core skills necessary for a successful career at Palantir, remain at the heart of our hiring process. But as our company and products have evolved, so has the range of skills we need in candidates. We’ve recently added a decomposition interview to our slate, and, as we’ve done in the past, we’re going to go ahead and offer some tips for how to do well in this portion of your Palantir interview.

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Following The Ivory

Mapping the Global Ivory Poaching Supply Chain with C4ADS

For the past year, the Washington, DC-based non-profit C4ADS has been using Palantir to investigate elephant poaching and ivory trafficking, an illicit trade that is at its highest level in 25 years. Their new report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, reveals how specific criminal groups in Asia and Africa sustain the ivory trade and identifies common routes and potential bottlenecks in international transport, such as major shipping ports that ivory is likely to pass through.

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Analyzing the Present and Possible Futures of the U.S. Veterans Population with CNAS and Palantir Metropolis

The U.S. veteran population includes more than 21 million men and women who have served their country in uniform, ranging from veterans of the “greatest generation” who fought in World War II to veterans completing their first enlistment. Within this population are 6 million “Gulf War-era” veterans who were part of, or have served since, the first Gulf conflict in the early 1990s.

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Going International with the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties

In 2012, our PCL team assembled the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties (PCAP), a body of experts in the privacy and civil liberties field who help us understand and address the complex privacy and civil liberties issues that arise in the course of building a sophisticated data analytics platform. The group continues to meet on a regular basis to discuss an ever-growing array of topics and provide invaluable advice to assist Palantir in enhancing the privacy and civil liberties protections built into our powerful analytic platforms.

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