India to Launch Internet Monitoring Tool Netra

India’s home ministry is adding final touches to a data mining tool called Netra, which will be able to sniff out words like ‘attack,’ ‘bomb,’ or ‘kill,’ on social media, blogs and such.

It will also be capable of capturing ‘dubious voice traffic’ through services like Skype or Google Talk, emails, instant messages and forums, the PTI reported.

The Internet monitoring tool Netra, has been developed by the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a defense lab run by the Indian government.

The government already has many surveillance tools at its disposal, ranging from the Central Monitoring System to the Natgrid.

Mining public information on blogs and social media is one thing. But e-mails, Skype & Google Talk? Wouldn’t that need backdoor access to these services?


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