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The brainiacs at MIT created a cool visualization program to map how the National Security Agency can understand your relationships based on who you contact via email and how often. While we still don’t know whether the NSA is collecting the content of phone calls and Internet activity, we know from court documents and Senate testimony that the government broadly mines so-called “meta-data” about whom users interact with.
Readers can link their Gmail accounts to MIT’s “Immersion” tool here. There are two immediate pieces of information that a stranger could learn from a map of email relationships:
1. The NSA could identify teams and its leaders. In…
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