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November 4, 2011

Librarians, social media and the CIA…

At the agency’s Open Source Centre, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms – anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.

From Arabic to Mandarin Chinese, from an angry tweet to a thoughtful blog, the analysts gather the information, often in native tongue.

I read this earlier tonight. Fascinating- an intersection between social media, librarianship and… I admit, part of me started thinking about the sheer coolness of librarians fighting international crime! Like spies!

I’m sure it’s much more complex than that, and I’m fairly sure I don’t want to actually know the kinds of secrets they might learn.

I’d love to know more about the mechanics of how they gather and monitor information and networks… but I probably don’t have that level of clearance.

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  1. Dad permalink
    November 5, 2011 8:12 am

    It will seem less ominous if you replace “librarian” with “researcher.” That sort of intelligence gathering has been going on forever. Only the technology and terminology has. changed.

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