Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Homeland Security To Cull Intelligence From Social Media Nets

Local authorities have been doing it for a while. Now a top Homeland Security official says the U.S. government will begin developing guidelines for getting intelligence from social media networks. The move comes after the wave of uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East and that have overturned three governments in the past year. Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Caryn Wagner said the use of such technology in uprisings that started in December in Tunisia has shocked some officials and raised questions about whether the U.S. needs to do a better job of monitoring domestic social networking activity. Wagner says Homeland Security isn’t actively monitoring social networks but when the department gets word of a potential threat, contractors are asked to look for certain references within “open source” information, which is available to anyone on the Internet.