New: here's how archivists are digging through the freshly scraped Parler data and using it to pinpoint crimes at the Capitol. Scripts for cleaning GPS data; extracting videos; more. vice.com/en/article/qjp…
Some of this involves parsing the scraped Parler data, taking the GPS coords, formatting those to JSON, plotting on a map. Can then see which specific pieces of content were uploaded from the Capitol vice.com/en/article/qjp…
Others are then, once having identified content from the Capitol, adding noteworthy and specific examples to docs to share later vice.com/en/article/qjp…
And there are a bunch of tools floating around on Github, some made in the last couple of days, that help clean the Parler data further. Extract specific pieces of data, usernames, etc vice.com/en/article/qjp…

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New: Apple and Google are pushing location tracker X-Mode out of their app stores, telling app devs to remove the code. This comes after we found X-Mode collected location data from a hugely popular app called Muslim Pro, and sold data to U.S. military vice.com/en/article/g5b…
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New: DEA abruptly cut-off its contract with Venntel, which sells access to location data harvested from ordinary apps installed on peoples' phones. While ICE, CBP are finding use for the tech, DEA seemingly didn't see the product as right for them vice.com/en/article/z3v…
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New: the U.S. military is buying granular location data of people harvested from ordinary smartphone apps. Through documents, sources, technical analysis, we also identified specific apps. The biggest: a Muslim prayer app with 98+ million downloads vice.com/en/article/jgq…
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