Monday, September 08, 2008

CIA, FBI push 'Facebook for spies'

I am torn on this. I worry about the ability to keep things secret yet I am happy that the information is being shared better so that maybe some more dots will be connected sooner. Maybe.

I am hoping this will work and would love to be able to have a Master Key! Some realy interesting stuff will be in there.

CIA, FBI push 'Facebook for spies' - "The goal of A-Space, like intelligence analysis in general, is to protect the United States by assessing all the information available to the spy agencies. Missing crucial data can have enormous implications, such as an FBI agent who sent an e-mail before September 11, 2001, warning of people learning to fly airplanes but not learning to land them.

'There was the question, 'Was that a dot that failed to connect?' Well, that person did this via e-mail,' Wertheimer said. 'A-Space is the kind of place where you can log that observation and know that your fellow analysts can see that.'

Even though Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking sites that inspired A-Space are predominantly the domain of young people, there apparently is no such generational divide on A-Space.

'We have found that participation in A-Space crosses every conceivable age line and experience line. People are excited, no matter what age group,' Wertheimer said.

Of course, the material on A-Space is highly classified, so it won't be available for the public. Only intelligence personnel with the proper security clearance, and a reason to be examining particular information, can access the site. The creators of A-Space do not want it to be used by some future double agent such as Jonathan Pollard or Robert Hanssen to steal America's 21st-century secrets.

"We're building [a] mechanism to alert that behavior. We call that, for lack of a better term, the MasterCard, where someone is using their credit card in a way they've never used it before, and it alerts so that maybe that credit card has been stolen," Wertheimer said. "Same thing here. We're going to actually do patterns on the way people use A-Space." "

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