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[liberationtech] DHS Social Media Scrapes

Katitza Rodriguez katitza at eff.org
Thu Feb 9 12:33:08 PST 2012


I wrote about it in August 2001.

Mexican Newspaper Uncovers Systemic Monitoring Plans of Public Online 
Sources
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/08/mexican-newspaper-uncovers-systemic-monitoring


On Feb 9, 2012, at 6:07 PM, Carrie Budge <budge.caroline at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Great, thank you for the help Andrew.
>>
>> I've learnt since writing earlier that the FBI has just put out a RFP for developers to create an app so that they can scrape social networks too. Delightful.
>>
>>
>>
>> //////////////////////
>> carrie budge
>>
>> On 9 Feb 2012, at 17:05, Andrew Lewis<andrew at pdqvpn.com>  wrote:
>>
>>> Keyword searching in most cases.
>>>
>>> Depending on the business unit, I'd be surprised if it was anything more then a horrendously written app or a commercial product with an obscene markup.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>> On Feb 9, 2012, at 12:34 PM, caroline budge<budge.caroline at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hello Lib Tech community!
>>>>
>>>> I was referred to the community by a professor in the CAST department at Goldsmiths University in London. I am currently on a MA Digital Journalist course there where I am investigating the recent incident where two british tourists got turned away from LAX because the DHS had detected a tweet that said they were going to 'destroy america' --which is british slang for "party in america'.
>>>>
>>>> The DHS has contracted a security company called General Dynamics to carry out a majority of their work scraping the internet.
>>>>
>>>> Does anyone in the community have a good idea at what sort of methods they are using to do so. I have a very basic understanding of programming (I've been scraping twitter using python recently), but I was wondering if the community had a better idea of how they are going about performing these scrapes.
>>>>
>>>> I hope that this is clear and that someone can help me write about the methods they are using to collate user data in real time.
>>>>
>>>> Thank you,
>>>>
>>>> Carrie
>>>>
>>>>
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Katitza Rodriguez
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