Monday, June 16, 2003

"Follow the money", said Deep Throat, the anonymous tipster who helped to unravel the Watergate political scandals in the 1970's. In our current decade it's corporate scandal that rules the headlines, so Autonomy's announcement of its new Aungate division seems both timely marketing to follow the corporate spending trends and a somewhat precocious naming. Aungate's mission is to adapt Autonomy's considerable content technology assets to power real-time analysis of telephone calls, emails and instant messages. The level of sophistication that can be applied in this area is impressive: instead of being limited to keyword searches in spam filtering and email monitoring, for instance, Aungate technology can apply much more sophisticated text analysis to define undesireable and dangerous communications. Tools that were heretofore oriented towards professionally published content increasingly find fertile ground to forage in the fields of personal content that define the daily operations of organizations.
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