Monday, January 30, 2012

FBI to Build Social Network Spy App

Savvas, Antony. "FBI to Build Social Network Spy App." ComputerWorld-UK, January 28, 2012.

From the article: "The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to develop an application that can track the public's postings to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, in order to aid how it predicts and reacts to criminal behavior, including public disorder and terrorism…. The bureau said the system it wants must be able to automatically search "publicly available" material from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites for keywords of interest. FBI agents would be alerted if the searches come up with evidence of "breaking events, incidents, and emerging threats." 

Agents would have the ability to display any information on a map, and they could then add other layers of information, including past incidents and locations of important buildings like embassies and military installations." Read more

See Also
Federal Business Opportunities. "Social Media Application." Last modified January 20, 2012.