In what was thought to be a extremely political transfer, the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) just lately took over control of COVID-19 reporting by hospitals from the Middle of Illness Management (CDC) and authorities contractor and large information analytics large Palantir was awarded the majority of the venture’s blockchain wants with out aggressive bidding, in line with an investigative report at Ledger Insights.
The US Well being Division FAQ leaves few clues about what blockchain protocol is being deployed and the way Palantir is integrating its controversial expertise. In keeping with reports online, Palantir’s information evaluation shoppers as of 2013 included at the least twelve teams throughout the U.S. authorities, together with the CIA, DHS, NSA, and the FBI.
Palantir has gleaned greater than $three billion in VC funding from buyers together with In-Q-Tel, the funding arm of the Central Intelligence Company, Thiel’s Founders Fund, Constancy and Tiger International Administration.
In 2010, Hunton & Williams LLP allegedly asked Berico Technologies, Palantir, and HBGary Federal to draft a response plan to “the WikiLeaks Menace.”
“In early 2011 Nameless publicly launched HBGary-internal paperwork, together with the plan. The plan proposed Palantir software program would “function the muse for all the information assortment, integration, evaluation, and manufacturing efforts.”
“The plan additionally included slides, allegedly authored by HBGary CEO Aaron Barr, which steered “[spreading] disinformation” and “disrupting” Glenn Greenwald’s help for WikiLeaks.”
Palantir CEO Karp ended all ties to HBGary and issued a press release apologizing to “progressive organizations… and Greenwald … for any involvement that we might have had in these issues.” Palantir positioned an worker on go away pending a assessment by a third-party regulation agency. The worker was later reinstated.”
In 2018, Morgan Stanley valued Palantir at $6 billion. Because the coronavirus pandemic the worth has shot to some $20 billion and the corporate is planning an IPO according to the New York Times. Based in 2003 by Peter Thiel, Joe Lonsdale, Nathan Gettings, Stephen Cohen and Alex Karp, who’s its chief govt, the corporate started working with governments, regulation enforcement and the defence business to research and course of their information however has expanded into different areas.