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FBI leaks Facebook monitoring plans

The FBI is looking to develop a web application that can monitor social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, in order to gain better real-time intelligence about current or potential future security threats or situations.

This plan was inadvertently revealed by the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) in a market research request for a “Social Media Application.”

The eagle-eyed New Scientist picked up on the request, which aims to “determine the capabilities of the IT industry to provide a social media application.”

Government agencies like the FBI are usually reluctant to openly discuss how social networks are used as an intelligence tool.

In the Request for Information document, the FBI lays out the requirements for the application that it is seeking to build. In the background portion of the document, the SIOC writes:

The FBI has conducted market research and determined that a geospatial alert and analysis mapping application is the best known solution for attaining and disseminating real time open source intelligence and improving the FBI’s overall situational awareness.

We’ve embedded the six-page document below, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Provide an automated search and scrape capability of both social networking sites and open source news sites for breaking events, crisis, and threats that meet the search parameters/keywords defined by FBI SIOC.
  • Ability for user to create, define, and select parameters/key word requirements. Automated search of national news, local news, and social media networks. Examples include but are not limited to Fox News. CNN, MSNBC, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • Provide instant notifications of breaking events, incidents, and emerging threats that have been vetted and meet the deÔ¨Åned search parameters.
  • Ability to immediately access geospatial maps with coding in addition to providing critical infrastructural layers. Preferred maps include but are not limited to Google Maps, Google 3D maps, ESRI, and Yahoo Maps.
  • Ability to instantly search and monitor key words and strings in all “publicly available” tweets across the Twitter Site and any other “publicly available” social networking
    sites/forums (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, etc.).

The entire document is worth reading, if only to see the request for a “tweet lingo” dictionary within the app.

Monitoring social media activity isn’t limited to the FBI. Earlier this month, House subcommittee members urged the Department of Homeland Security to more closely monitor social media traffic.

While privacy advocates have bristled at the idea of social media monitoring, the government position is that if information is public, it’s fair game for scraping and monitoring.

The FBI’s RFI specifically targets “publicly available information” — rather than anything users keep private.

What do you think about how government agencies and law enforcement are using social media monitoring

Old news really, they are already doing it

Republican Rep. John Fleming cites The Onion as factual news

I know some of you thought for a nano second that my post about the Planned Parenthood 8 Billion Dollar Abortionplex by The Onion here  but don’t feel bad. Republican John Flemming could not figure it out at all. What can you expect from someone placing in office as the most popular among the average of Louisiana. Further proof of lack of critical thinking skills, as a deacon, he has really bought into that whole “fairy sky wizard tribal cave story” thing

Facts behind the “Facebook owned by CIA” tin hat stuff

James Breyer is the CEO of ACCEL, a venture captialist company, who funded Facebook with 13 million dollars.

May 26, 2005
Taken from ACCEL’s website:

“Mr. Breyer was so taken with Mr. Zuckerberg’s company,, which creates online interactive college-student networks, that his firm, Accel Partners, plans to announce a $13 million investment in the start-up today.”

taken from the National Venture Capital Assoc website:”

New Board Directors Also Named During Association’s Annual Meeting
May 13, 2004 – San Francisco, CA – The National Venture Capital Association’s (NVCA) Board of Directors today unanimously elected James W. Breyer to serve as its Chairman for the coming year. The election took place at the Association’s 2004 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
The NVCA Board also announced eight new Directors who will each serve four year terms: Peter Barris, New Enterprise Associates; Michael Cronin, Weston Presidio; Joanna Rees Gallanter, Venture Strategy Partners; Robert Ketterson, Fidelity Ventures; Mark Klopp, Eastman Chemical; Gilman Louie, In-Q-Tel; Ted Schlein, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers; and Chad Waite, OVP Venture Partners.

Notice the one name in there - Gilman Louie, In-Q-Tel Let’s have a look at In-Q-Tel’s website. Right in there header banner

Investing in Our Nation’s Future - Our mission is to deliver leading-edge information technologies to the CIA and the Intelligence Community. We’re a critical link between the Agency’s IT users and the most promising technologies in the IT marketplace.

The 30 best obnoxious responses to misspellings on Facebook

I laught (;-P) my ass off for a good 15 minutes. Enjoy followers.

Are you someone whose day can be ruined by witnessing clumsy spelling all over the world’s largest social network? Then this delightful list will let you live vicariously through the venom of others who aren’t afraid to publicly challenge and humiliate sloppy wordsmiths. NOTE: If you see any improper spelling in this paragraph, please respond obnoxiously. (Via Lamebook)

The benefits of proper spelling »

(NOTE: This self-edit wasn’t so much “obnoxious” as “utterly brilliant.”)

UPDATE (4/11/11): Two new additions feature a confusing movie recommendation and death-defying spelling. (Via LamebookFailbook)

UPDATE (4/11/11): Woman inadvertently confesses to bestiality.

UPDATE (4/15/11): Four new gems including a failed teacher, a liar, and a “no”-nothing. (ViaFailbook)

UPDATE (4/15/11): Rock and roll all night with the wrong person.

UPDATE (4/23/11): Seven special new ways to constructively humiliate someone on Facebook. (ViaLamebookFailbook)

UPDATED (4/28/11): 5 new additions include sex with mothers, grandfathers, and churchgoers. (ViaLamebookFailbook)


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