Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Awareness Office and Total Information Awareness Project [open pdf - 66KB]
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) mission is to research and demonstrate innovative technologies to solve national-level problems, such as the grave terrorist threat which our nation faces. DARPA created the Information Awareness Office (IAO) in response to September 11, 2001, to research, develop, and demonstrate innovative information technologies to detect terrorist groups planning attacks against American citizens, anywhere in the world. Contrary to some recent media reports, IAO is not building a "supercomputer" to snoop into the private lives or track the everyday activities of American citizens. Instead, IAO is developing an experimental prototype system that consists of three parts--language translation technologies, data search and pattern recognition technologies, and advanced collaborative and decision support tools. Together, these three parts comprise the Total Information Awareness (TIA) project.