Would That Be Citizen Spies Or User Generated Espionage?

from the just-wondering dept

A little over a month ago, we wrote about the project by various US intelligence agencies to create their own, internal version of Wikipedia called Intellipedia, where various people within those agencies could better share info. Clive Thompson has a long, but fascinating, article in the New York Times Magazine that takes a much closer look at the project and some related projects. Apparently, the Intellipedia project is doing well, though many are still skeptical about it. It's a worthwhile read. However, Chris Anderson makes an interesting point where he wonders why the article doesn't take into the next level, bringing in a "transparent society" type of world. Anderson's point is that the existing attempt to "2.0" the intelligence community is still very much focused just on people inside the intelligence community (which is the way they like it). However, so much valuable information out there may be in the heads of random folks who are totally unconnected to the community. Obviously, the risk of opening up a system to more information could make it much harder to find the good information, but if you could set up a system that helps highlight the valuable intelligence data, it could be quite interesting and valuable. While the intelligence community may not like to admit it, tapping into the wisdom and knowledge of people outside their community (within reason) has tremendous potential benefits in being able to better spot and respond to issue quickly.

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    John Duncan Yoyo, 5 Dec 2006 @ 11:34am

    Wikipedia as espionage shill?

    Perhaps it would be easier for the intelligence community to covertly float trial balloons in places like Wikipedia and see what response they get.

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