Something caused me to miss this New Scientist article on the NSA turning its eye to social networking sites.
New Scientist has discovered that Pentagon’s National Security Agency, which specialises in eavesdropping and code-breaking, is funding research into the mass harvesting of the information that people post about themselves on social networks. And it could harness advances in internet technology – specifically the forthcoming “semantic web” championed by the web standards organisation W3C – to combine data from social networking websites with details such as banking, retail and property records, allowing the NSA to build extensive, all-embracing personal profiles of individuals.
Social networking maven apophenia looks at the story and then talks about the difference between behavioral and articulated data in a typically brilliant piece. Seriously, her blog is like a top-notch magazine about social networks.
Those wondering what the Semantic Web is might start with Wikipedia 3.0 and the End of Google.