While the US military has been putting pressure on blogging soldiers to shut down their blogs, it appears that the government isn't completely against making use of social software where appropriate. Apparently, the U.S. intelligence community has been hard at work coming up with their own, internal, version of Wikipedia, dubbed Intellipedia. The idea is to get the various parts of the intelligence community to more easily collaborate and share this kind of information, rather than burying it silos. This seems like a perfectly reasonable use of the technology, and we're pretty sure it didn't cost the hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars that organizations like the FBI have thrown away on computer systems recently. The real question is whether or not people will really use it -- and the initial answer seems to be that they're off to a good start. 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users in just seven months. While, obviously, we can't see how it's actually being used, it sounds like the type of basic, collaborative tool that should be available to the community.
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