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  •  Yes, the Six Degrees (now 4.74 degrees) (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, Sylv, kurt

    caught my attention too.  And it raised a kind of backward-math hypothetical in my mind.

    Today, Google and Facebook released some numbers about the number of requests they have received last year.  One of them mentioned the number 10,000.  Another diary here now links to a list of keywords released by Homeland Security in response to an FOIA request.

    So, a story problem:  If NSA surveillance/analysis resulted in 10,000 Americans whose keyword use resulted in those names being turned over to the FBI, how many individuals/workplaces/hometowns/neighborhoods (thus how many additional people and social networks) would be disrupted by FBI inquiries on each one of the targeted people?  And (bonus question) how many of the 4.74-6 people within the Six Degree range of any one of the original targets would also become a person of interest after their internet records were analyzed?

    Not expecting answers.

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