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U.S. intelligence officials may begin tracking blogs

This piece reports that "some analysts say U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials might be starting to track blogs for important bits of information. This interest is a sign of how far Web media such as blogs have come in reshaping the data-collection habits of intelligence professionals and others, even with the knowledge that the accuracy of what's reported in some blogs is questionable. "

"'News and intelligence is about listening with a critical ear, and blogs are just another conversation to listen to and evaluate. They also are closer to (some situations) and may serve as early alerts,' said Jock Gill, a former adviser on Internet media to President Clinton (news - web sites), in a later phone interview, after he spoke on the panel."

The article notes that China already is tracking blogs. "[China is] also reportedly trying to block blogs. Several press reports earlier this year said the government shut two blogging services and banned access to all Weblogs by Chinese citizens." //Billy McCormac

April 28, 2004 in Posts in English | Permalink