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The Palantir Scholarship for Women in Engineering Finalists Are Here

Virtual labs where doctors and prosthetic designers can collaborate in the same “room.” Touch screen interfaces for cars. Robots that work with autistic children. Sequencing the genome of cancer cells. These are just some of the projects that the 2013 Palantir Scholarship for Women in Engineering finalists are working on. These nine women were invited [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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New Office for NCMEC, New Possibilities

We officially welcomed our long-time partner The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to Palo Alto last Thursday. Since 1984, NCMEC has worked tirelessly to protect children throughout the country from abduction and exploitation. It is a mission that we are extremely proud to support by donating  our software and engineering expertise. Though [...]

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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. [...]

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How we’re building an information infrastructure for Typhoon Haiyan response operations

Typhoon Haiyan has claimed the lives of thousands and displaced millions more. Along with other aid organizations from around the world, our disaster response partners Team Rubicon and Direct Relief have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the storm, and we’ve been working closely with them to support their efforts. On Veterans Day [...]

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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 [...]

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

To mark the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we prepared a short video in partnership with CGI.

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Datafication and You

“This overturns centuries of established practices and challenges our most basic understanding of how to make decisions and comprehend reality.” –Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think The rise of big data has been a rich vein to tap in nearly every discipline and industry. Accompanying this explosion of [...]

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Detecting Human Rights Violations Using Medium Resolution Imagery

Dr. Andrew Marx of the US Department of State and a fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, developed a novel method for analyzing archived data from NASA’s Landsat ETM+ mission to better understand when and where specific villages were destroyed in the Darfur conflict from 2003-08. This study [...]

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