"Carnivore personal edition": Exploring distributed data surveillance

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The goal of this paper is to offer, in straight forward terms, some practical insight into distributed data surveillance. I will use the software project Carnivore as a case study. Carnivore is a public domain riff on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's software "Carnivore," which was developed to perform electronic wiretaps of email. As founder of the Radical Software Group (RSG), and lead developer on the Carnivore project, I will describe the technological, philosophical, and political reasons for launching the project. I will also offer an account of the development cycle of the core engine, identify trends in "client" interface designs, and present a series of design challenges that still remain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-492
Number of pages10
JournalAI and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006



  • Data
  • Network
  • Software
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Artificial Intelligence

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