CIA invests in social media monitoring company


James Quilter
Brand Republic
October 22, 2009

[efoods]US intelligence agency, the CIA, has formed a “strategic partnership and technology development agreement” with Visible Technologies, a company specialising in data-mining social-networking sites such as Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA, has invested in Visible Technologies, “a leading provider of social media analysis and engagement solutions”. The move is believed to be part of the CIA’s aim to utilise the “open source” information available on social networking sites.

In-Q-tel was set up in 1999 to identify “innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the CIA and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community”.

Troy Pearsall, executive vice president of architecture and engineering at In-Q-Tel, said: “Visible Technologies’ platform is key to understanding the breadth and depth of the online social landscape.

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