Blogs, Wikis, and the CIA

By Deane Barker on December 3, 2006

Open-Source Spying: This is a long, but incredibly interesting, article about how outdated the technology in the U.S. intelligence community is, and how current Web technologies like blogs and wikis might help them get up-to-date.

I loved this article — it confirms everything I’ve ever wanted to believe about what we’re all doing here.

[…] throughout the intelligence community, spies are beginning to wonder why their technology has fallen so far behind — and talk among themselves about how to catch up. Some of the country’s most senior intelligence thinkers have joined the discussion, and surprisingly, many of them believe the answer may lie in the interactive tools the world’s teenagers are using to pass around YouTube videos and bicker online about their favorite bands. Billions of dollars’ worth of ultrasecret data networks couldn’t help spies piece together the clues to the worst terrorist plot ever. So perhaps, they argue, it’s time to try something radically different. Could blogs and wikis prevent the next 9/11?

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  1. I haven’t read the article yet, but these technologies have been employed on secure networks for years by other intel agencies. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the CIA is using blogs, wikis, etc., but I think they get too much credit for “blazing the trail”.

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