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Maverick* Research: The Surveillance State and Stalker Economy Rise From the Unholy Union of Big Data, Big Algorithms and the Internet of Things

Published: 03 October 2013

ID: G00258023

Analyst(s): Ray Valdes, Neil MacDonald


A sea change in the security space (the scope and depth of surveillance) requires a recalibration of what can be observed and by whom, and where the data ends up. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • The Dark Side of the Nexus
  • Trade-Offs in Privacy: What's Changed?
  • Approaching the Transformation Threshold of Pervasive Surveillance
    • The Smartphone as the Ubiquitous Sensor
    • Social Media and the Power of Metadata
    • The Democratization of Big Data and Big Algorithms
    • Cross-Channel and Cross-Agency Collection and Correlation of Data
    • The Cloud as a Mass Surveillance System
  • The Near Future: Commodification of Your Privacy
    • The Internet of Things Extends Monitoring Across Physical and Digital Worlds
    • Smart Devices Become Surveillance Devices
    • Stronger Identity Detection and Association Mechanisms
    • The Rise of the Drones
    • Aggregators Pool Raw Data; Algorithms Refine It
    • Encryption Under Attack
    • A Full-Stack Approach to Surveillance: ICT Supply Chain Becomes a Target
    • The Sharing of Surveillance Data Across Corporate/Governmental Entities
    • When Technical Approaches Fail, There's Simple Real-World Brute Force
  • Is Pervasive Surveillance Good or Bad?
  • Implications of the Surveillance State and Stalker Economy
  • Recommendations for Living in a World Without Secrets
    • Advice for Enterprises Collecting Data on Customers
    • Advice for Using Transparency to Regain Credibility
    • Advice for Employers Monitoring Employees
    • Advice for All Enterprises and Users
    • Advice for Individuals

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