About the BorderSafe Project
BorderSafe project positions SDSC as a neutral testbed, set within an
applied research environment, to address the inter-agency data-sharing
and analysis challenges brought to light in the post-9/11 era.
role is that of non-operational, research and development component within
which to test data sharing and interoperability tools and techniques.
The results generated within this testbed will significantly help define
the appropriate technical, policy and procedural uses of this data sharing
in a real world, operational setting.
As part of this mission, not only
does the project attempt to understand existing domain obstacles, tools
and efforts, but is also investigating the use of DAKS technologies to
help solve various aspects of the problem.
Close collaboration with domain
practitioners and institutions such as ARJIS (Automated Regional Justice
Information System), which represents more than 50 law-enforcement agencies,
as well as a strict conscientiousness with regard to appropriate handling
of sensitive data, differentiates this project from other related efforts
recently seen in the media.
The BorderSafe project pursues its goals through the following parallel
Evaluating and deploying sharing and analysis tools, technologies and evolving specifications
Evaluating and educating the community about the applicability
of various data mining techniques within the context of Homeland Security
and Law Enforcement
Data privacy research
Investigating privacy technologies related to data-sharing, and analysis
Privacy technologies at various levels ( Protocols, Appliances, Frameworks for
interoperable privacy-enhancing technologies )
Researching technologies to map human-directed policies to computer-automated
implementations, and technologies to monitor, enforce and verify these
policies at the software level
Data-sharing policy research
Informing inter-agency sharing policy efforts
Advising policy and technology research with current legal, legislative
and social developments.
Analyzing and recommending privacy technology development and deployment
strategies based on lessons-learned from related efforts.
Collaborate with practitioners, industry, government and research
professionals engaged in complementary efforts.
Community Outreach and Input
o Working with ARJIS agencies and other local law enforcement to determine
their data analysis/data sharing needs, obstacles and concerns
o Implementing prototype technologies and making them accessible to domain-expert
evaluators through the BorderSafe secure portal.
o Providing a forum for interested parties to engage on technology and
policy initiatives that advance solutions for sharing and analysis within
integrated data systems.