2020-11-19 10:10

GCHQ spies set up 'cell' in Downing Street giving Boris Johnson minute-by-minute intelligence on people's movements to see if public is complying with lockdown iln世界播



GCHQ has set up a Downing Street 'cell' which is able to give Boris Johnson minute-by-minute intelligence on people's movements to see if they're complying with lockdown, it has been revealed. iln世界播


Analysts at the Government's intelligence and security body have been deployed to work with the Cabinet Office as they ply through data that gives up-to-the-minute reports on public behaviour, along with internet searches for holidays and jobs. iln世界播


The data can reportedly be used to reflect on the current employment market, as well as helping to decide whether England will need to extend its national lockdown. iln世界播


Work by the cell has already had an impact, according to The Telegraph, which says its analysis of online job searches helped sway the Government into extending its furlough scheme up to March. iln世界播



GCHQ has set up a cell at Downing Street, away from its headquarters in Cheltenham, above, where it can directly feed the latest information on public activity to the Cabinet Office and Boris Johnson iln世界播

GCHQ在唐宁街(Downing Street)设立了一个小组,远离其位于切尔滕纳姆的总部(上图),在那里它可以直接向内阁办公室和鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)提供有关公共活动的最新信息iln世界播

A source told the paper the set uphas allowed for 'better policymaking,' during the pandemic, and will likely influence Boris Johnson's decision on whether to extend lockdown beyond December 2. iln世界播

一位消息人士告诉该报,这一设置允许在大流行期间做出更好的决策,并可能影响鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)是否将封锁延长至12月2日之后的决定。iln世界播

According to The Telegraph, the GCHQ unit's work at the Cabinet Office has helped Mr Johnson by filtering data to the most important information he requires to make key decisions. iln世界播


By referring to data for online job searches, GCHQ can provide a report on the threat to employment posed by Covid-19 in a shorter space of time than the Office for National Statistics. iln世界播


It has also worked to secure and anonymise data from the NHS Test and Trace app, so it cannot be accessed by hostile states. iln世界播


Jeremy Fleming, GCHQ’s director, revealed in the summer that the agency was involved in the Government's response to the pandemic. iln世界播

英国政府通信总部(GCHQ)局长杰里米·弗莱明(Jeremy Fleming)今年夏天透露,该机构参与了政府对疫情的反应。iln世界播

He told the Cheltenham Science Festival: 'I’m blessed with nearly 10,000 people in GCHQ... many of them with very strong technical backgrounds. iln世界播


'They have a role to play more broadly in projecting our data science skills and our technology skills, including across government, where it’s required. So, we’ve lent in to help on that.' iln世界播



Analysts at the GCHQ cell are able to give Boris Johnson up to date information on public behaviour, along with internet searches related to jobs and holiday, in order to inform decisions taken by the Prime Minister in regard to lockdown measures and policies such as furlough iln世界播

英国政府通信总部(GCHQ)的分析师能够向鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)提供有关公共行为的最新信息,以及与工作和度假相关的互联网搜索,以便为首相就封锁措施和休假等政策做出的决定提供信息iln世界播

GCHQ has contributed to the fight against coronavirus in other ways. iln世界播


Earlier this month it was reported the agency had already started a campaign to tackle anti-vaccination conspiracy theories being spread on social media. iln世界播


A government source told the Times: 'GCHQ has been told to take out antivaxers online and on social media. There are ways they have used to monitor and disrupt terrorist propaganda.' iln世界播


Tactics thought to be considered are the take down of websites and content linked to hostile states and the disruption of the actors behind the fake news. iln世界播


GCHQ will attempt to do this by encrypting the state's own data so they cannot access it and by blocking communication between hostile groups. iln世界播


Russia is behind a high proportion of false information about the coronavirus, one source has claimed. iln世界播


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