***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** this is yet another piece about the NSA using public data, this time harvesting myspace.com and others to build profiles (with allusions to the semantic web as a data structure to facilitate this)... the link i have is: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19025556.200?DCMP=NLC-nletter&nsref=mg19025556.200 or if that doesn't work, check out, "Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites" from 10 June 2006 interesting excerpt, "On the downside, this ease of use will also make prying into people's lives a breeze. No plan to mine social networks via the semantic web has been announced by the NSA, but its interest in the technology is evident in a funding footnote to a research paper delivered at the W3C's WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh, UK, in late May. That paper, entitled Semantic Analytics on Social Networks, by a research team led by Amit Sheth of the University of Georgia in Athens and Anupam Joshi of the University of Maryland in Baltimore reveals how data from online social networks and other databases can be combined to uncover facts about people. The footnote said the work was part-funded by an organisation called ARDA." haven't read it yet, but the link to the paper (PDF) is: http://www2006.org/programme/files/pdf/4068.pdf any thoughts on this - and how actionable the underlying data is (myspace coupled with RDF framework data via w3c standards)? -dave David Carpe Principal and Founder, Clew, LLC (http://www.clew.us) E: [log in to unmask] W: 781.674.2539 M: 781.883.5487 Skype: dcarpe ***Internet Email Confidentiality Footer*** Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message. If you are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for delivery of the message to such person), you may not copy or deliver this message to anyone. In such case, you should destroy this message and kindly notify the sender by reply email. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of my firm shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.