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3 degrees and the NSA

2013-07-18 13:29:23.20622+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

NSA admits it analyzes metadata out to 3 hops from targeted people. How many people do you need to target to reduce six degrees of separation to three?

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-18 21:44:03.532407+00 by: Dan Lyke [edit history]

RT Kieran Healy ‏@kjhealy

NSA / 3-degree / privacy types, the search phrase you are looking for is "k-hop reachability".

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-19 00:38:20.054185+00 by: meuon

Apology to all Flutterbarians: if Dan's travel and social reach hasn't lumped you within that 3 degrees, mine has. We do a lot of overseas business with people with funny names like: Ibrahim, Mustafa, Obama...

And for the record, most of them have been awesome decent people.