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US DHS to Create Policies for Monitoring Social Networking Websites

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by Erica Thinesen
, 03 Nov 2011News

Having witnessed three nations in the middle-east and Africa go through regime changes due to public outrage sparked via social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the U.S government is reportedly making new policies for extracting maximum possible information (read: intelligence) from these websites.

Caryn Wagner, the Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary, stated the extensive use of these sites in the uprising against the government of Tunisia late last year drew the attention of many officials to the seriousness of the impact that could potentially be made by social media.

The incident, which was closely followed by uprisings in Egypt and Libya, has indeed forced the US government to take online activities much more seriously.

"We're still trying to figure out how you use things like Twitter as a source," Wagner said in a statement in order to give an overview of the entire planning carried out by the government officials, according to a report by Computerworld.

"How do you establish trends and how do you then capture that in an intelligence product?" she added.

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