Spies Sans Frontières?
- How CIA-linked Palantir is gaining ground in the aid industry (and why some humanitarians are worried)
- A months-long investigation by IRIN into the secretive intelligence-linked firm Palantir, reveals a cosying up to aid organisations large and small, including a bargain-basement contract with a sensitive UN agency, and a flirtation with the international response to the Ebola outbreak. But how close is too close?
- UN nuclear watchdog IAEA, dealing with Iran and North Korea, has contracted Palantir at rock-bottom rates
- Palantir was close to a role in the UN’s Ebola response, but walked away
- The UN’s humanitarian arm engaged Palantir on a proof-of-concept analysis in the Philippines
- The Silicon Valley “unicorn” explored the non-profit sector as hedge against a decline in counter-terrorism opportunities
- Political and confidentiality concerns limit its success, as well as a clash of organisational cultures