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    Henry Brown

    FBI Request for Social Media App

    This is a Request for Information by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Strategic Information and Operations Center. This is not a Request for Proposal and no submissions will be accepted as official offers for contract.

    The FBI SIOC is conducting this RFI as market research to determine the capability of industry to provide an Open Source and social media alert, mapping, and analysis application solution. In response to this RFI, please provide potential solution capabilities that you currently have related to all required personnel, equipment, supplies, software, facilities, transportation, materials, personnel, and any other items and services necessary to address the described need below.

    Please note that this must address both the operational and analytical needs of the FBI SIOC, as described.

    SIOC has a need to enhance its techniques for collecting and sharing “open source” actionable intelligence. The FBI has conducted market research and determined that a geospatial alert and analysis mapping application is the best known solution for attaining and disseminating real time open source intelligence and improving the FBI’s overall situational awareness.

    This must be a secure, light weight web application portal, using mash-up technology. The application must have the ability to rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence that will allow SIOC to quickly vet, identify, and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats. The product must have the capacity to allow the user to retain control of cached and real-time proprietary data; the ability to share it with selected partners, and ultimately enhancing coordination, synchronized-awareness and synergy at the operational level. The application must be infmitely flexible and have the ability to adapt quickly to changing threats to maintain the strategic and tactical advantage. Flexibility is critical because the users must have the ability to select and display to a common operating picture or dashboard both unclassified open source feeds, and social media vetting and analytical tools in support of a breaking event or crisis.

    The purpose of this effort is to meet the outlined objectives for the FBI SIOC, in addition to FBI Field Offices, LEGATS (overseas), and Operational Units for the enhancement FBI SIOC’s overall situational awareness and improved strategic decision making. The tool will address the objectives and desired accomplishments by providing services to include but are not limited to training, software configuration, design, installation, administrative, and consultation. The supplies should include but are not limited to the application, defined geo-map layers.


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    Henry Brown

    CBC news story:
    FBI seeks social media data mining tool

    The FBI says the system is only meant to monitor publicly available information and would not focus on specific individuals or groups but on words related to criminal activity. The FBI says the system is only meant to monitor publicly available information and would not focus on specific individuals or groups but on words related to criminal activity. (Reuters)

    The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict everything from future terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings, according to requests posted online by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

    Hundreds of intelligence analysts already sift overseas Twitter and Facebook posts to track events such as the Arab Spring. But in a formal “request for information’’ from potential contractors, the FBI recently outlined its desire for a digital tool to scan the entire universe of social media — more data than humans could ever crunch.

    The Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence also have solicited the private sector for ways to automate the process of identifying emerging threats and upheavals using the billions of posts people around the world share every day.

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