Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Fuel for Paranoia

I know this isn't exactly book related or even remotely literary, but our glorious U.S. Intelligence agencies don't have enough things to keep them busy so they are going to start tracking blogs:

some analysts say U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials might be starting to track blogs for important bits of information. This interest is a sign of how far Web media such as blogs have come in reshaping the data-collection habits of intelligence professionals and others, even with the knowledge that the accuracy of what's reported in some blogs is questionable.
Meanwhile the Chinese government has already gotten its act together and is tracking blogs. They have, according to the article, already shut down two blogging services and banned access to blogs to all Chinese citizens. Not sure how they've managed to achieve the ban, seems to me like it would be impossible.