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.

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