[Air-l] DOD going after social network sites

Richard Forno rforno at infowarrior.org
Fri Jun 9 05:13:40 PDT 2006

(perhaps of interest to AOIR-ers...)

New Scientist Magazine has discovered that Pentagon's National Security
Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding
research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about
themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet
technology - specifically the forthcoming "semantic web" championed by the
web standards organisation W3C - to combine data from social networking
websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing
the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.

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