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CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye

Jan 23, 2012, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rachel Martin)

"Social media have forced the CIA into the fast lane. The Open Source Center's predecessor organization was basically a U.S. government translation service. Analysts translated foreign radio broadcasts or newspapers that sometimes took weeks to come in by ship.

"Today, CIA analysts are still translating, but they're also responsible for figuring out what it all means. They're also under more pressure now to identify potential crises, sometimes with only a tweet or a status update to go on.

"Doug Naquin, the director of the Open Source Center, says the volume of information the people are analyzing is massive."

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