jylcat: Someone who knew what a prism is?
Secret Agent X23: Why does a government surveillance program need a logo?
Pocket Ninja: Secret Agent X23:Why does a government surveillance program need a logo?There are two terms that all government contractors know make government department heads moist. One is "social media." The other is "branding."This is not to say that government department heads know what these terms mean. They don't. They just know that they're important, somehow, and so want to throw at them in order to bring efficiency to government,What I suspect happened here is that some contractor realized there were no "social media" possibilities for this project, and so doubled down on the branding aspect.
"The splitter would imply that the government has set up infrastructure that is comparable to Google's to handle all that traffic and all that data. ... Last I checked the slide set mentioned a budget of $20 million, so that doesn't match," Adida said, suggesting it would cost far more than that for the government to maintain such an infrastructure. More likely, Adida said the documents leaked to the press detail an NSA program to streamline its processes for requesting data from tech companies under warrants issued by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which was created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. "I know these systems pretty well," said Adida. "My speculation is that these companies have set up automated systems for FISA requests to be sent to them and then automated systems for returning the data in some kind of standard fashion back to the requesters." [snip]Adida said that the "very strong denials" issued by the tech companies implicated in the leaked documents and the fact that Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, and Twitter have joined together to ask the government to allow them to release more details about the FISA requests they receive makes him "optimistic" that the program is not as sweeping as early reports suggested.
Lsherm: I'm sure the guy who thought up PRISM was beside himself with glee. That's promotion material right there.
Shaggy_C: It's like this in any large bureaucracy. Internal marketing is in many cases as important as the actual intent behind a project. If you can't sell it to management you're not going to get funded.
wotthefark: PRISM is a farking shiat name anyway. SPECTRE may even be a better name and a better logo.[blog.idnes.cz image 237x265]
xria: wotthefark: PRISM is a farking shiat name anyway. SPECTRE may even be a better name and a better logo.[blog.idnes.cz image 237x265]Is it supposed to be an octopus ghost?
wotthefark: It's supposed to be awesome.
HAMMERTOE: wotthefark: It's supposed to be awesome.Since when have 'fro picks been "awesome"?
Diogenes: Secret Agent X23: Why does a government surveillance program need a logo?Bumper stickers, T-shirts, ludicrously oversized novelty foam fingers, duh.How else do you expect to promote a super-secret spying program, hmmm?
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