Trump’s Border Security May Search Your Social Media by ‘Tone’ | The Nation

Trump’s Border Security May Search Your Social Media by ‘Tone’; Aaron Cantú George Joseph; In The Nation; 2017-08-23.
Teaser: New databases are being built for this experimental surveillance.


  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)
  • Neptune
  • Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
  • Electronic System for Travel Authorization,
    a database,
    Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
  • The Data Framework,
    of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • <quote>the DHS’s unclassified-data environment today has four data sets that are “searchable by tone,” and plans to have 20 additional such data sets before the end of the year</quote>, attributed to Michael Potts.
  • Visa Waiver Program.
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Coastguard (sic, Coast Guard)
  • Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE)
  • K-1 Visa Program
  • Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • USCIS (who?)
  • Department of Defense’s Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Tone comprises
    • fear
    • anger
    • happiness
    • sadness
  • Tone Analyzer
    • IBM
    • Rama Akkiraju
    • Part of the Watson product-as-a-service
    • relies on a psycholinguistic dictionary
    • Jian Zhao, et al.
    • Jian Zhao, (now) staff, FX Palo Alto Laboratory
    • collaboration: IBM, DARPA
    • relies on a psycholinguistic dictionary
  • “emotional word” isolation
  • psycholinguistic dictionary
  • LIWCLinguistic Inquiry and Word Count
    • a (proprietary) software package
    • 2017
    • 2015
  • Intelligence Cloud (IC)
  • sentiment analysis,
    a form of natural language processing,


In alphabetical order…

  • Rama Akkiraju
    • staff, IBM
    • master inventor
    • Almaden Research Center
    • attributed with the invention of Watson, sortof
  • Joanna Bryson, staff, University of Bath
    quoted for for color, backgorund & verisimilitude… because she <quote>studies the use of artificial intelligence to understand natural intelligence</quote>
  • Jeff Catlin, CEO, Lexalytics, circa 2009.
    Lexalytics is develops “information analysis software.”
  • Jennifer Lynch, staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
  • Emily Bunting
    with Leigh Van Bryan
  • Drew Mitnick, policy counsel, Access Now,
    Access Now is a civil liberties activist organization
  • Michael Potts, (2017-01) Deputy Under Secretary for Enterprise and Mission Support, Office of Intelligence & Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Leigh Van Bryan
    • victim of DHS
    • Age 26
    • bar manager
    • Coventry, England
  • Olivier Jouve, vice president of corporate development for text analytics, circa 2009, SPSS, a division of IBM.
  • Vlad Teichberg
    • Russian-born
    • US citizen
    • Global Revolution TV,
      an activist livestreaming collective
    • An administrative processing” hold on his wife’s travel visa
  • Jian Zhao, (now) staff, FX Palo Alto Laboratory


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