Intelligence agencies adopting social software

Posted by Shawn Callahan - September 12, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

I’m giving a presentation to the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) conference in October so I’m keeping my eye out for relevant news items. Here’s one passed on to me by Nerida Hart. Any other pointers would be appreciated. The topic is narrative approaches to knowledge retention.

Young feds bring intell changes: A workforce bought up to use collaboration tools is making the CIA Web 2.0-savvy

“How do you transform analysis?” asked Thomas Fingar, deputy director of national intelligence for analysis at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). “One word: attitude. For people to collaborate and bring new and vital skills to the intelligence community, we need to change our attitude.”

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4 Responses to “Intelligence agencies adopting social software”

  1. Harold Jarche Says:

    In case you didn’t see this:
    http://ross.typepad.com/blog/2006/09/decentralized_i.html

  2. Shawn Says:

    Thanks Harold. I hadn’t seen it.

  3. John Tropea Says:

    The Wiki and the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=755904
    I found this links from Bill Ives a while back
    http://billives.typepad.com/portals_and_km/2005/09/the_wiki_and_th.html
    I blogged it:
    http://libraryclips.blogsome.com/2005/10/24/blog-to-wiki

  4. Martin M-B Says:

    The write-up on the IT Conversations podcast website goes like this:
    ‘As senior technical officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency and chief of its requirements and research group, Lewis Shepherd has promoted and observed a remarkable transformation that’s occurring inside the U.S. intelligence community as analysts begin to embrace Web 2.0 practices. There’s a long way to go. But already thousands of analysts are contributing to Intellipedia, an internal system based on the same software that powers Wikipedia. And a vibrant internal blogging culture has evolved too.
    In this conversation, Jon Udell and Lewis Shepherd discuss the origins, progress, and future of these initiatives. They also discuss broader IT efforts within the Department of Defense: service-oriented architecture, consolidation and virtualization, and the relationship between informal Web 2.0 and formal “Web 3.0″ approaches to the semantic Web.’
    Here’s the link to the podcast, which you might find interesting for your presentation…
    http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail1891.html