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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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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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