Why Blog del Narco Became Mexico’s Most Important Website

April 5, 2013 in News

Melissa del Bosque | In 2010, the birth year of the popular and controversial website Blog del Narco, Mexico’s tumultuous drug war reached a turning point. Monterrey, an economic engine of the country and once famously known as the safest city…

Cartel Watchdog Disappears From Social Media After Death Threats

April 3, 2013 in News

Robert Beckhusen | The Twitter and Facebook accounts for a popular crime watchdog in one of Mexico’s most dangerous states have been abruptly taken down, without their owner providing a reason. But he had a $46,000 cartel bounty on his head.

NYPD Facial Recognition Unit Prowls Facebook, Instagram for Suspects

March 27, 2013 in News

DNAinfo New York | Socializing online is landing criminals in custody. Police are searching for suspects’ photos on Instagram and Facebook, then running them through the NYPD’s new Facial Recognition Unit to put a face to a name, DNAinfo New York has learned.

SXSW 2013 Texas Observer Panel – Life on the Line: Tweeting the Drug War

March 20, 2013 in News

YouTube | The Texas Observer’s SXSW 2013 panel (Texas Observer reporter Melissa del Bosque, UT-Brownsville professor Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, & KGBT-TV’s Sergio Chapa) discusses how communities in Mexico are using social media tools to report on the increasing violence in their neighborhoods.

Facebook Reveals Your Undisclosed Personal Info Via Algorithmic Analysis

March 12, 2013 in News

Financial Times | The increasing amount of personal information that can been gleaned by computer programs that track how people use Facebook has been revealed by an extensive academic study.

The Big Data Matrix: Raytheon RIOT Tracking Software Analyzes Social Media, Blogs to Identify “Security Risks”

February 12, 2013 in News

Ryan Gallagher The Guardian February 12, 2013   A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social [...]

Library of Congress saves 500 million tweets per day in archives

January 9, 2013 in News

Computer World | The Library of Congress is now storing 500 million tweets per day as part of its efforts to build a Twitter archive, and has added a total of about 170 billion tweets to its collection.

The 8 Craziest Job Openings in the Military-Industrial Complex

December 28, 2012 in News

Wired | Here are some of the wilder military and intelligence “help wanted” ads we found online.

Spooks use internet and social media to advertise their skills

December 27, 2012 in News

The Sydney Morning Herald | Hundreds of former and some present Australian spies have posted information about their employment with intelligence agencies on the internet in what security experts have called ”a gift for foreign espionage”.

A New Front in the Infowar

December 20, 2012 in News

Traces of Reality | Internet thought police have begun trolling social media in an official capacity, so watch what you type.