Comment: Is it just me?

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Is it just me?

NSA 1:
"We're supposed to be an intelligence agency but we don't seem to be able to come up with any intelligence. Where do we find intelligence?"

NSA 2:
"There is all kinds of intelligence out on the Internet."

NSA 1:
"How do we access it?"

NSA 2:
Well, what makes the Internet intelligence work seems to be 'the market'.

NSA 1:
What is 'The Market'?

NSA 2:
'The Market' is a fictional label which is representative of every individual making social decisions that have an effect on one or more other individuals. Usually this involves trade of some kind, such as trading time and applied skills for monetary compensation.

The only way the market would cease to exist would be if there was one or zero people alive or if the people who were alive were somehow atomized and not able to interact with other people.

The more people there are, the larger the market, the greater the intelligence.

NSA 1:
How do we access intelligence from the market if it is fictional?

NSA 2:
You have to capture the transactions that occur between an individual and one or more other individuals.

NSA 1:
Just their economic activity, like who they buy from on eBay?

NSA 2:
No, all their social activity. Anything that could have even the slightest social effect. It all contains intelligence.

NSA 1:
So, we need to capture every type of social transaction in every form?

NSA 2:
Pretty much, yes.

NSA 1:
How do we extract only the useful intelligence from the huge mass of the entire market we captured?

NSA 2:
Data Mining and Analysis or Individual Investigation

NSA 1:
Provide Examples of Data Mining and Analysis.

NSA 2:
Here you setup automated rules to watch for certain behaviors over time. For example, there are websites that track how 'influential' a person is by the amount of content they've created and how others have responded to it. Additional metrics, such as their number of 'friends' are used and the number of unique 'blogs' they frequent. We can sieve out those who are not influential and recognize those people who are rising as market selected representatives of an interest faction or factional confederacy. This takes us to step two.

NSA 1:
Individual investigations?

NSA 2:
Yes, once we know who the players are, we can listen in on them to lift their 'useful intelligence'.

NSA 1:
Interesting. Very interesting. Has it yielded results.

NSA 2:
Results that have made the stars fall from the sky.

NSA 1:
Oh, my. Who knows about this?

NSA 2:
Everybody