Immersion: A do-it-yourself privacy invasion/metadata visualization

MIT’s Media Lab just launched a fascinating tool for exploring email metadata: Immersion. Give it your Gmail account and it will map out the network of your personal connections.

The Boston Globe has a feature explaining the project’s genesis and how it works. It’s both fascinating and creepy to see how your emails can be used to map out your personal network and the various players’ interconnections. I charted out my inbox (below) — then used the app’s “log out & delete” feature to purge Immersion’s record of it. I assume the NSA has its own backup. -Stacy

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    Tried this. It is a bit nuts. It misses some connections but maps far more of my friends circle than you would expect.
  7. chrischelberg reblogged this from cnnmoneytech and added:
    This is really neat, but also kinda scary at what it can pull out of “just” your email metadata.
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    Have a gmail account?
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    I can’t imagine its more detailed, or more creepy, than the Facebook or Twitter graph.