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Booz Allen wikiness

It appears that the folks at defense contracting giant Booz Allen Hamilton are using wikis internally to track trends in new media.

Anyone from BAH reading this blog care to share? The wiki is behind a firewall, so I don’t have access to it. I would love to see some screen shots, hear more about how it is used in the company, etc.

Confidentiality promised, of course. 🙂

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It seems as if the Department of Defense is focused on blogs as the biggest threat to OPSEC in the new media realm. It may be, however, that they overlooking another possibility — wikis.

From the Washington Post:

Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact; this means our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by non-technical people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources…

Wikileaks opens leaked documents up to a much more exacting scrutiny than any media organization or intelligence agency could provide. Wikileaks will provide a forum for the entire global community to examine any document for credibility, plausibility, veracity and falsifiability. They will be able to interpret documents and explain their relevance to the public. If a document comes from the Chinese government, the entire Chinese dissident community can freely scrutinize and discuss it; if a document arrives from Iran, the entire Farsi community can analyze it and put it in context.

For those not familiar, wikis, such as the popular wikipedia, are information sharing sites that are completely maintained and updated by visitors — the community controls the wiki’s content.

Granted, wikileaks.org is designed to ferret out unethical behavior in government, but this exposes another problem — how difficult would it be to set up a wiki to lead information about DoD operations? Or other government secrets for that matter?

Something to keep an eye on…

(h/t e.politics)

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