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US developing Blog monitoring software for dataveillance

Is a burst of Internet traffic between a few people the plotting of terrorists, or just bloggers arguing?

The federal government is developing a system that can link information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports to search for patterns of terrorist activity.

"We don't realize that, as we live our lives and make little choices, like buying groceries, buying on Amazon, Googling, we're leaving traces everywhere," says Lee Tien, "We have an attitude that no one will connect all those dots. But these programs are about connecting those dots - analyzing and aggregating them - in a way that we haven't thought about."

Source: U.S. plans massive data sweep