You may have read the the Defense Department is monitoring blogs, because, “Blog research may provide information analysts and warfighters with invaluable help in fighting the war on terrorism.” Sounds to me a lot like domestic political activity by the military. And someone who understands these things agrees with me.
Valdis Krebs is an expert on “Social Network Analysis. He writes about this Defense Department blog project at Network Weaving:
But, do terrorists blog??? Real terrorists with real plans? I doubt it — especially after the Air Force press release above! However, people with political views and affiliations do blog.
[. . .] In a political war[the upcoming elections of 2006 and 2008?], the battling parties would like to know their opponent’s structures — how are they organized, who are the key nodes in their network, and where are their points of failure. With the no-holds-barred political strategies of today the following questions are being asked: Who do we discredit today? Where do we split the network so that it declines into ineffective fragmentation? Whose switchboard do we tie up? Who do we start rumors about? Who do we turn against each other? In other words, how do we disrupt the others from waging an effective campaign? These are all questions that can be answered beginning with link analysis of public information on the WWW. Link analysis tools and public data are available to all who desire them. Which leads to an interesting possibility… if the government is mapping the blogosphere, will the bloggers map the government?
Read the rest, and read his blog.