Facebook for Spies

By Deane Barker on September 7, 2008

CIA, FBI push ‘Facebook for spies’: This is another very interesting use of social networking and information sharing in the intelligence community. (Elgg would work so well here…)

[…] at the CIA, the FBI and the National Security Agency, [bosses] are encouraging their staff members to use a new social-networking site designed for the super-secret world of spying.

“It’s every bit Facebook and YouTube for spies, but it’s much, much more,” said Michael Wertheimer, assistant deputy director of national intelligence for analysis.

The program is called A-Space, and it’s a social-networking site for analysts within the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

Instead of posting thoughts about the new Avenged Sevenfold album or Jessica Alba movie, CIA analysts could use A-Space to share information and opinion about al Qaeda movements in the Middle East or Russian naval maneuvers in the Black Sea.

We’ve talked about this a couple times before:

This is a lot like a fair amount of intranet scenarios, where a lot of people in the same organization need to share a lot of information. I don’t think these things can be planned from the top down. I think a blog here, a wiki there, and a solid search solution to bring it all together is the way to do it.

For more on that last thought, see this post on Microsoft’s intranet, MSWeb.

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