Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The New York Times > Technology > Personal Data for the Taking

The New York Times > Technology > Personal Data for the Taking: "Working with a strict requirement to use only legal, public sources of information, groups of three to four students set out to vacuum up not just tidbits on citizens of Baltimore, but whole databases: death records, property tax information, campaign donations, occupational license registries. They then cleaned and linked the databases they had collected, making it possible to enter a single name and generate multiple layers of information on individuals. Each group could spend no more than $50."
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