06 Nov '11, 9pm

The CIA tracks revolt by tweets and Facebook

McLEAN (Virginia) - In an anonymous industrial park, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analysts who jokingly call themselves the "ninja librarians" are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything from common public opinion to revolutions. The group's effort gives the White House a daily snapshot of the world built from tweets, newspaper articles and Facebook updates. The agency's Open Source Centre (OSC) sometimes looks at five million tweets a day. The analysts also check out TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms - anything overseas that people can access and contribute to openly. The Associated Press got an apparently unprecedented view of the centre's operations, including a tour of the main facility. The AP agreed not to reveal its exact location and to withhold the identities of some who work there...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111107-0000038/CIA-tr...

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