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A lot of our critics feel that the way that you preclude some future policy that you don't particularly like is that you prevent the technology from being developed. And I think that's a very serious problem that we have - the idea that if you limit technology development, then that is the policy.
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I didn't particularly want to come back into government and run it. However, in the end, it seemed like the only way we could get it off the ground.
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I knew from the beginning that privacy was going to be a huge issue, especially with regard to applying Total Information Awareness in counterterrorism. Because if the technology development was successful, a logical place to apply it was inside the United States.
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I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both.
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I think if I had to do it over again, I'd do it the same way. I would just put more resources into getting the public diplomacy part much stronger than we were able to.
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I think it is very difficult today to have a reasoned public discourse on any controversial subject. Certainly, election years present a complicating factor.
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It would be ideal if we could have an uncontrolled flow of information. But we realized you can't do that.
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Nobody - myself included - believes that we could ever achieve total information awareness. But the government needs to set goals and long-range objectives. Total information awareness is a good goal.
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Now, I don't think I would say that officially. But certainly I felt a great frustration that we had not been able to avoid 9/11.
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One of the reasons I continue to speak out is that the solutions to the counterterrorism problem involve other parts of the national security community - especially other elements of the Department of Defense, State, FBI, Homeland Security and the staff.
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The 9/11 Commission is identifying the exact problems that we were trying to get technology to solve. So I keep pushing the idea.
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The privacy work was part of what was canceled. But I think it should continue. And I think that eventually it will be continued. I'm an optimist.
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The problem we were struggling with within the closed market was what the incentive would be. You probably wouldn't use dollars. But those are all questions that need to be explored.
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TIA was being used by real users, working on real data - foreign data. Data where privacy is not an issue.
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Uncontrolled access to data, with no audit trail of activity and no oversight would be going too far. This applies to both commercial and government use of data about people.
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We wanted to be as expansive as possible to make sure we didn't preclude some good ideas.
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You accept failure as a possible outcome of some of the experiments. If you don't get failures, you're not pushing hard enough on the objectives.
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