The Palantir Blog

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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How Many Years a Slave?

Each year, human traffickers reap an estimated $32 billion in profits from the enslavement of 21 million people worldwide. And yet, for most of us, modern slavery remains invisible. Its victims, many of them living in the shadows of our own communities, pass by unnoticed. Polaris Project, which has been working to end modern slavery for over a decade, recently released a report on trafficking trends in the U.S. that draws on five years of its data. The conclusion? Modern slavery is rampant in our communities.

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Announcing three open source projects for developing with TypeScript

Although Palantir is mostly known as a Java Swing shop, we have quietly (or not so quietly) been building for the web for a while now. From D3 for stunning graphics to Backbone and Angular for large-scale applications, we are using the latest and greatest web technologies to build the next generation of our products. As we’ve made the transition from native to web applications, we’ve tried to preserve some features of the strong development process that has served us so well in the native world: robust unit and end-to-end testing, continuous integration builds, and most importantly, a developer experience that makes it easy and fun to write the data analysis platforms and applications that our customers rely on to solve their most important, most complex data problems. We found TypeScript’s optional typing and forward-looking adoption of certain ECMAScript 6 features to be a great fit for those needs, but we wanted a bit more tooling. So today we’re pleased to announce three new open source projects we’ve undertaken to help fill out the TypeScript ecosystem.

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C4ADS and the Odessa Network: Understanding Illicit Networks Using Palantir Gotham

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 ‘conflict charcoal’ out of Somalia to commercial ships that may be carrying arms and other sensitive cargo into Syria. In September, C4ADS released a report on a group they called the “Odessa Network,” claiming that this network had been transporting arms to the Syrian government via Ukraine. And as Senior Analyst Tom Wallace put it, C4ADS “couldn’t have done it without Palantir.”

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One year after Sandy, revolutionizing disaster response with CGI, Team Rubicon, and Direct Relief

This week marks the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall on the eastern seaboard of the United States. It’s an occasion to remember those who lost their lives to the storm, and to be reminded of how much work remains to be done to rebuild. It’s also an occasion to thank again the thousands of volunteers who flocked to affected areas and provided relief to many of the victims in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

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