Department of Homeland Security Monitors Public Intelligence

Public Intelligence

Under the “BP Oil Spill Response Social Media Event Monitoring Initiative” the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center (NOC) monitors “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards” in order to provide “situational awareness and establish a common operating picture for the federal government, and for those state, local, and tribal governments, as appropriate, assisting with the security, safety, and emergency response associated with the oil spill”.  According to a “Privacy Impact Assessment” from April 29, 2010 available on the DHS website, Public Intelligence is included in the list of sites monitored by NOC analysts.

In February,’s Danger Room blog reported that a similar assessment for the “2010 Winter Olympics Social Media Event Monitoring Initiative” listed Wikileaks, Cryptome, along with a number of mainstream news sites.  Many of these sites are not listed in the latest assessment, however, Danger Room is included in both assessments.

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