Green Czar Resigns, Creepy White House Internet Tactics Still Creepy
You may want to rethink following Barack Obama on Twitter.
This is relevant since OMGObama's "Green Czar" resigned as of Sunday midnight (on a holiday weekend, classy) and had some thoughts on information-farming our way to the "America we always wanted."
I'm not sure what sort of America Van Jones always wanted but mine doesn't include some government database of my Facebook status.
Buh-buh-bye-bye-bye, Mr Jones. HuffPo is saying Glenn Beck got his first scalp but I'm going to stay out of that particular argument and stick to what I know. The cybersecurity argument always gets me.
His comments about using social networking technology to bring about a political realignment surfaced as WND reported yesterday the White House is seeking to hire a contractor to gather information about users from its pages on social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
The National Legal and Policy Center, or NLPC, revealed the White House New Media team is seeking to hire a technology vendor to collect data such as comments, tag lines, e-mail, audio and video from any place where the White House "maintains a presence" – for a period of up to eight years.
"The contractor shall provide the necessary services to capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP (Executive Office of the President) on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA (Presidential Records Act) maintains a presence," the posting states.
According to the 51-page solicitation of bids posted Aug. 21, the purpose of the mining and archiving project is to "comply with the Presidential Records Act," though the listing does not specify how the information will be used. It states that the government is currently collecting data from social networks both programmatically and by use of daily screenshots.
Um yeah, no thanks.