Amazon and Its Unrest Prediction

July 24, 2018

The Guardian, a “real” newspaper, published “Why the Amazon Boss’s Warning of No-Deal Brexit Unrest Rings Hollow.” The write up is a response to an Amazon executive’s prediction that muffing the Brexit trade deal bunny will lead to “civil unrest.” My interest is not the fate of the UK. I am, however, intrigued by an Amazon executive making a statement similar to those offered by individuals with access to intelligence centric next generation information access systems. (If you want additional information about NGIAs, check out CyberOSINT.)

The question which crossed my mind when I heard about the prediction was:

Does Amazon have access to an NGIA system similar to an IBM Analyst Notebook or a Palantir Gotham?

If the answer is, “No,” then I asked myself:

Does Amazon have its own intelligence analysis system?

From my vantage point in rural Kentucky, I have zero first hand information about Amazon and its possible intelligence capabilities.

It is indeed interesting to have this prediction emitted from what is usually a quite secretive outfit. My instincts suggest that Amazon does have an active intelligence system. This prediction may be a planned or unanticipated factoid by an Amazon executive.

Amazon does have some interesting capabilities, new functions which have been patented, and a number of vendors of policeware and intelware who use the Amazon AWS plumbing.

My takeaway from the prediction and the Guardian type coverage suggests that a closer, more informed look at what Amazon does to inform its executives of possible developments is warranted.

Stephen E Arnold, July 24, 2018


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