WASHINGTON — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a tool to mine social media for intelligence tips.
“Social media has become a primary source of intelligence because it has become the premier first response to key events and the primal alert to possible developing situations,” the FBI request said.
“Intelligence analysts will often use social media to receive the first tip-off that a crisis has occurred,” it said.
The FBI said the tool “must have the ability to rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence that will allow SIOC to quickly vet, identity, and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats.”
It would need to be able 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.”
It would also need the ability to “search the data across a myriad of parameters and view terrorist activities by location, terrorist group, and type of attack and see trends and analytics.”
In addition, it would have to be able “to immediately translate into English, tweets and any other open forum publically available social media captured in a foreign language.”
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by xuenchen
The US Goverment has Cyber Command.
That's all the "software" people and hardware one needs for monitoring the internet. This is fishy.
Methinks they want to give the impression they don't do this already.
Facebook and other social networking sites sell your data to private organizations on a daily basis; it's foolish to think they would not give it to the government too.