visible-iq.trucast.net/Monitor/1527 showed up today
The only search hits to my blog today are for:
Central Valley Meat Co., David Hickton US Attorney and Todd Akin. It’s hard to say which one pays to have people monitor social media sites, buuuuuut, there are some companies who follow ‘animal rights’ type blogs…so mebbe it’s due to the tortured school lunch post I made today.
The CIA invested in Visibletech/TruCast
Other federal agencies–including the CIA, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and even the research agency for federal intelligence efforts, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)–also are interested in mining the Web for picking up clues about public opinion or world events for use in their respective missions.
In addition to its own aim to build a data-mining tool, the FBI also will likely benefit from the fruits of IARPA’s research efforts in this area. IARPA is seeking to create technology that will continuously analyze and mine data from websites, blogs, social media, and other public information to help it better forecast global events.
In the meantime, In-Q-Tel, the investment firm established by the CIA to support U.S. intelligence agencies, has invested in a startup called Visible Technologies that monitors social media content on the Web so agencies can watch and analyze public opinion on the Web as revealed through social networks.
Happy reading, Visibletech, spooks and corporation peeps.