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[liberationtech] DHS Social Media Scrapes

Carrie Budge budge.caroline at gmail.com
Fri Feb 10 01:46:45 PST 2012


I have not. Can you send it to me? I would really like to see the criteria. 

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carrie budge

On 10 Feb 2012, at 07:53, Soenke Zehle <s.zehle at xmlab.org> wrote:

> Have you seen the RFP? It's offline now but I can send it, don't think
> the list allows attachments
> 
> Soenke
> xmlab.org
> 2012/2/9 Carrie Budge <budge.caroline at gmail.com>:
>> 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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> <FBI_2011_Social_Media_Application.pdf>



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