Friday, June 22, 2012

U.S. Government looking for spying tools for Social Networks

From: Bob G.
Sent: June 22, 2012
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: U.S. Government looking for spying tools for Social Networks
U.S. Government looking for spying tools for Social Networks
What? Is all this surveillance necessary? What next, is our gov. going to require cameras in our homes? Bob.
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Facebook is a fantastic tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, and Twitter lets users share all kinds of information with their followers. These giant social networks are also packed full of information that advertisers trip over themselves to take advantage of, but another group is looking to make use of the social
sites and others. The U.S. Department of State issued a procurement request earlier this month seeking tools that can provide “deep analysis of topics, conversations, networks, and influencers of the global social web,” New Scientistreported. The government agency will accept bids from interested companies that can build such tools, and they will be used to monitor conversations in at least seven different languages in an effort to identify potential security threats. New Scientist notes that the military can already monitor sites like Facebook and Twitter with a Lockheed Martin-built tool called the Web Information Spread Data Operations Module, or WISDOM. Source.

Social networks are spying tools for US... by tvnportal

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