Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. ~ Thomas Jefferson
In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media.
Visible “scores” each post, labeling it as positive or negative, mixed or neutral. It examines how influential a conversation or an author is.
such a tool can also be pointed inward, at domestic bloggers or tweeters. Visible already keeps tabs on web 2.0 sites for Dell, AT&T and Verizon