To Defeat Terrorists, Start Using the Library: Scott Helfstein

[From the article: The revolution in information
technology has opened a new vein of intelligence collection and analysis that
in many instances can prove more useful than traditional forms of spycraft. In
the world of espionage, information and the clandestine means of gathering it
are both treasured. “Open source” intelligence, by contrast, is a commodity
with little inherent value. Instead, the capacity to organize and analyze these
public streams of information becomes a key asset. This represents a drastic
shift, with far-reaching implications for intelligence agencies. …In another
recent effort, the Combating Terrorism Center used Google Trends — hardly a
cloak-and-dagger operation — to assess the popularity of the Muslim
Brotherhood in the midst of the Egyptian uprisings. In the U.S., fears of the
Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda dominated public discussion. Not so in Egypt,
where Google Trends indicated that during the revolution, Internet searches for
non-Brotherhood political figures dwarfed those for the Brotherhood. Do such
open-source data provide scientific proof of public consciousness? No, but they
challenge hard-baked conventional wisdom and provide a corrective to guesswork.
By tapping the open source of Google Trends, we threw light on a complex mass
phenomenon for which traditional intelligence gathering was ill- suited.]

To
Defeat Terrorists, Start Using the Library: Scott Helfstein

By Scott Helfstein

August 30, 2011

Source: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-31/to-defeat-terrorists-do-a-little-research-in-the-library-scott-helfstein

Internet archivist seeks 1 of every book written

[From
the article
: RICHMOND, Calif. — Tucked away in a small warehouse on a
dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an
endangered species: the printed word. Brewster Kahle, 50, founded the nonprofit
Internet Archive in 1996 to save a copy of every Web page ever posted. Now the
MIT-trained computer scientist and entrepreneur is expanding his effort to
safeguard and share knowledge by trying to preserve a physical copy of every
book ever published. “There is always going to be a role for books,”
said Kahle as he perched on the edge of a shipping container soon to be tricked
out as a climate-controlled storage unit. Each container can hold about 40,000
volumes, the size of a branch library. “We want to see books live
forever.” …That’s far fewer than the roughly 130 million different books
Google Inc. engineers involved in that company’s book scanning project estimate
to exist worldwide. But Kahle says the ease with which they’ve acquired the
first half-million donated texts makes him optimistic about reaching what he
sees as a realistic goal of 10 million, the equivalent of a major university
library.]

Internet
archivist seeks 1 of every book written

Tucked away in a small warehouse on
a dead-end street, an Internet pioneer is building a bunker to protect an
endangered species: the printed word.

By MARCUS
WOHLSEN
, Originally published Monday, August 1, 2011 at
7:07 AM

Associated Press

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2015790335_apuseverybookwritten.html