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U.S. Air Force Targets the Blogosphere

Not happy with just eavesdropping on our telephone conversations and email , the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research has recently began a new project to “study” blogs to fight the war on terror.

Blog research may provide information analysts and warfighters with invaluable help in fighting the war on terrorism. The fact that the web is a vast source of information is sometimes overlooked by military analysts (so says Dr. Mieczyslaw M. Kokar, the president of Versatile). Our research goal is to provide the warfighter with a kind of information radar to better understand the information battlespace.

Some bloggers have made a stink over this, but I’m surprised they haven’t been doing this already. Or should I say (sadly) nothing much really surprises me these days.

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Written July 9th, 2006 by | 2 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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  1. Thank you for linking to my article on Blogcritics.org. I appreciated being linked to (the blogging version of a quote) and agee that you are, indeed, a ‘Bloke who knows Blogs’.

    I only must mention that this blogger did not “make a stink about this” as much as, like you, find it fascinating, frightening and the stuff of further exploration. Since writing the article I have been thinking of the nature of “links” — both digital and interpersonal. They are revealing and their observation could always be a dangerous affair. They are, after all, the affairs of the blogosphere — who likes whom and is connected to who, what or, now, where. It is the same as who is doing what with whom — virtually.

    Thanks. I also thereby discovered your site to which I linked. So there.


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  2. Thanks for putting me in my place Howard. Just like a good Blogcritic should ;-).

    Believe it or not I used to be one myself until I got fed up with all the flaming that goes on over there.

    Erratum: So perhaps I should have used the word ‘ink’ instead of “stink”. So there.

    Cheers and thanks for dropping by!

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