Social Video for the US Intelligence Community

rasmussen.jpgExecutiveBiz members have had the pleasure of interacting with a long line of IT thought leaders. One of note is Chris Rasmussen, a great advocate for information sharing and collaboration within the federal space and a master of the use of new tools to get groups working together on hard problems (read more about Chris here). Chris will speak with members again on 24 April 2008 at The New, New Internet.

Federal users are making increasing use of Web2.0 capabilities, and we look forward to hearing Chris’s views on where this is all going. We are already seeing that some of the nation’s hardest problems, like those the intelligence community must address, are being tackled with Web2.0 tools and techniques. One recent development is a YouTube-type capability for the intelligence world called “iVideo.” (see Federal Computer Week’s article on “YouTube for the intell community” for more info). iVideo is based on Adobe technologies, and provides users from around the globe the ability to securely upload video and other media for the use by others. We can expect the use of iVideo will grow dramatically, like the adoption of other advanced Web2.0 tools provided by the Office of the Director of National intelligence (ODNI).

Other Web2.0 capabilities in use in the federal space include Intellipedia (an internal wiki), user generated blogs, bookmarking services (similar to, image services (similar to Flickr), search tools (like Google and Vivisimo), discovery capabilities (like Endeca), and collaborative tools like those provided by Adobe Connect. Increasingly these capabilities can be geo-spatially plotted on visualizations from ESRI or Google Earth, and most can also be brought into other analytical tools like Centrifuge or Analyst Notebook or Palantir.

All the capabilities above can be engineered in ways that allow their services to be syndicated and consumed, which means a great foundation is being laid for the ultimate mashup environment. The result will be something Jack Bauer would be proud of. The result will be empowerment of users and strengthening of collective action.

How can ExecutiveBiz members help the new users of this emerging federal Web2.0 world? Maybe that is a question we should ask Chris on 24 April.

Bob Gourley is the co-founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC and is the former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Bob blogs on enterprise IT at

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