US intelligence community uses secret wiki to track threats

by billso on Tuesday, 31 October 2006

This arti­cle first appeared on my old blog at

Today, John Negro­ponte unveiled Intel­li­pedia, a wiki appli­ca­tion that lets U.S. intel­li­gence experts and ana­lysts edit and share infor­ma­tion through web browsers.

You may be famil­iar with Wikipedia, the most well-known imple­men­ta­tion of a wiki. I often site Wikipedia in this blog as a gen­eral ref­er­ence, although I can’t rec­om­mend Wikipedia as a ref­er­ence for stu­dent assign­ments. Wikipedia entries tend to change in strange ways.

Intel­li­pedia has a top secret sys­tem, which requires appro­pri­ate lev­els of secu­rity clear­ance to access over 28000 web pages of infor­ma­tion con­tributed by 3600 users.

Ana­lysts are using Intel­li­pedia to assem­ble a national intel­li­gence esti­mate on Nige­ria, and the U.S. State Department’s annual coun­try reports on terrorism.

Of course, since this is a web-based sys­tem, it could be hacked.

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