The Electronic Frontier Foundation has used the Freedom of Information Act to get its hands on a Department of Homeland Security internal document describing how it planned to ramp up social media monitoring in advance of Obama’s inauguration last year. The Department created a Social Networking Monitoring Center to search for “items of interest” on social media sites in the week prior to and the day of the inauguration event, looking for “hits,” tagging and filing them, and searching for trends that might reveal security threats.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010