A Guide To Technological Surveillance And The Masters Of Our Data.

The master of the rings, Palantir, and his younger sister, Athea

Aldescu Leandru Daniel

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A Guide To Technological Surveillance And The Masters Of Our Data.
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Since last year, a French company has been the first sovereign solution in Europe for processing big data for vital states and operators.

The launch of Athea, a joint venture created around two French groups that are world leaders in high technology, Thales and Atos, as part of a general move to regain control of data and process it with local tools, in France, the most strong supporter of Europe’s strategic autonomy, according to Politico.

In 2019, three weeks after President Macron called for European digital sovereignty over China and the United States, French Internal Intelligence Agency (DGSI) chief Nicolas Lerner campaigned for “home” technology and support for local producers.

The moment was not accidental. In the absence of a French alternative, the DGSI contract with the American company Palantir concluded after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, had just been renewed for another three years.

The presence of a sensitive actor like Palantir at the heart of the French intelligence system has caused concern from government institutions and intelligence services, all calling for the abandonment of sovereignty and all agreeing on the need to engage in a counter-offensive.

The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and the Group of Terrestrial and Aero-Terrestrial Defense and Security Industries (GICAT) have tried a first solution: the Artemis program, proposed by DGA, and the GICAT Data Intelligence cluster. Artemis was primarily a response to military intelligence needs with potential security applications, and Data Intelligence to internal security needs with military implications. A logic of complementarity.

The Artemis Project (Architecture for Mass Processing and Exploitation of Multisource Information), worth 60 million euros and developed with the assistance of the National Agency for Security of Information Systems (ANSSI), aims to provide the Ministry of Armed Forces with a “sovereign infrastructure big data, data storage, and processing ”.

It was organized around three main contractors — Atos-Bull, Capgemini, and…

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Aldescu Leandru Daniel

I’m a nice guy.. Sort of. I write about money, health, and economy. Don’t worry, I’m not Hemingway, and I don’t want to compete with him and neither would he.