For countries like China and Burma monitoring social media sites is a routine matter and part of their regimes’ internal surveillance as part of broader efforts to control what information their citizens have access to.
But now western intelligence agencies are anylzing the likes of Facebook and Twitter, after the social media sites were seen as being central to surprise uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Ezine Mobeledia reports intelligence officials in the U.K. have recently said the current events illustrated how this “open source” intelligence can be used as a barometer of opinion. Government alike are paying closer attention to the information freely available rather than focus strictly on the “secret” data, a top civil servant said.
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