The Department of Homeland Security has had its eye on uprisings around the world and wants to become more adept at recognizing when there’s trouble brewing in social networking:
When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security receives information about potential threats to the U.S., agents may turn to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Caryn Wagner, undersecretary of the DHS, told an audience Monday at the National Symposium on Homeland Security and Defense in Colorado Springs that the agency began to draw up guidelines for monitoring social networking sites after the sites were heavily used during government uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa this year.
According to an Associated Press report Tuesday, federal agents are still mulling over how to best pull intelligence from social media sites and determine whether it is valid or Web chatter.
Because I’m all about helping Janet Napolitano, here’s what I’d suggest. First, a way for users to re-Tweet comments and add a hashtag that would alert Homeland Security to a potential threat but not tip off the original Tweeter. #ThisPersonWouldNeverOverthrowTheGovernment should do the trick. Napolitano will know what it means and the user will be none the wiser.
As for Facebook, DHS should convince Mark Zuckerberg to add a “like” button specifically for flagging posts that may contain national security threats. Here’s my proposed design:
Hope that helps, J-Nap.