Great article in the New York Times magzine today on the burgeoning use of blogs and wikis by government intelligence agencies to capture and connect information and turn it into knowledge. Now read this:
Indeed, throughout the intelligence community, spies are beginning to wonder why their technology has fallen so far behind â€” and talk among themselves about how to catch up. Some of the countryâ€™s most senior intelligence thinkers have joined the discussion, and surprisingly, many of them believe the answer may lie in the interactive tools the worldâ€™s teenagers are using to pass around YouTube videos and bicker online about their favorite bands. Billions of dollarsâ€™ worth of ultrasecret data networks couldnâ€™t help spies piece together the clues to the worst terrorist plot ever. So perhaps, they argue, itâ€™ s time to try something radically different. Could blogs and wikis prevent the next 9/11?
OMG! There it is! Forget the ways in which the tools enhance learning, communication skills, literacty skills and all that educational stuff. Our students need to learn blogs and wikis FOR THE SAKE OF NATIONAL SECURITY! What principal, what school board, I dare say what community could argue against that?
And by the way, if this quote is any indication of a larger movement out there toward “getting it,” we really could be at a tipping point of some type:
“Once the intelligence community has a robust and mature wiki and blog knowledge-sharing Web space,â€ Andrus concluded in his essay, â€œthe nature of intelligence will change forever.”
Now that’s enough to perk up my ears…