Greetings Department of Homeland Security readers

As part of an open-source  assessment of “security, safety, and border control” threats associated with the Winter Olympics, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center has launched “Social Media Event Monitoring Initiative” to see what’s being said online. This entails “monitoring publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards” to assess possible ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
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As part of an open-source  assessment of "security, safety, and border control" threats associated with the Winter Olympics, the Department of Homeland Security's National Operations Center has launched "Social Media Event Monitoring Initiative" to see what's being said online. This entails "monitoring publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards" to assess possible homeland security threats. Among the many fine online sources the NOC is monitoring, is this blog!

Our Olympics coverage has been pretty minimal this year so I can't imagine we've provided a whole lot of useful intel, but thanks for reading, guys! Have you checked out this cool photo essay yet?

As part of an open-source  assessment of “security, safety, and border control” threats associated with the Winter Olympics, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center has launched “Social Media Event Monitoring Initiative” to see what’s being said online. This entails “monitoring publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites, and message boards” to assess possible homeland security threats. Among the many fine online sources the NOC is monitoring, is this blog!

Our Olympics coverage has been pretty minimal this year so I can’t imagine we’ve provided a whole lot of useful intel, but thanks for reading, guys! Have you checked out this cool photo essay yet?

(Thanks to Josh R. for the tip.) 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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