CIA Looking To Mine Social Media Data
The intelligence community intends to follow social media sites for data to predict significant political and societal events.
Social media and Web 2.0 create a huge amount of open-sourced data from all over the world. From Tweets to public webcams, forums to search queries, there is a lot of information out there generated by people’s everyday internet usage. However some of that data is indicative of major real-world events: The perfect example being the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year.
Open Source Indicators is a planned project the CIA and members of the intelligence community have created in which they intend to mine social media sites for data to predict significant political and societal events.