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Excerpt: "The Department of Homeland Security wants to compile a database to monitor hundreds of thousands of news outlets and journalists around the world."

Journalists covering the protests against Donald Trump's inauguration. (photo: Andrew Stefan/RSN)
Journalists covering the protests against Donald Trump's inauguration. (photo: Andrew Stefan/RSN)


Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Data on Hundreds of Thousands of Journalists

By Summer Meza, The Week

07 April 18

 

he Department of Homeland Security wants to compile a database to monitor hundreds of thousands of news outlets and journalists around the world.

Bloomberg Law reports that DHS is looking for a contractor to help build the database and keep track of more than 290,000 news sources, collecting data about each source’s "sentiment," influence, language, and circulation. The data would allow the agency to identify "any and all" coverage related to a particular event, DHS officials told Bloomberg Law.

The tracking would apply to online, print, broadcast, cable, and radio sources — essentially, any journalist, editor, blogger, or correspondent deemed a possible "media influencer" could be included. DHS also wants to follow social media activity and hopes to be able to instantly translate coverage in more than 100 languages to English to add to the database.

"Services shall provide media comparison tools, design and rebranding tools, communication tools, and the ability to identify top media influencers," DHS said in a statement. The service would fill "a critical need to incorporate these functions into [DHS] programs in order to better reach federal, state, local, tribal, and private partners."

Government officials have recently put various media under the microscope. Nineteen lawmakers questioned last month whether news outlet Al Jazeera, a state-owned media company based in Qatar, should be considered a foreign agent because of its coverage that "undermines" U.S. interests. The Congressional Black Caucus, meanwhile, criticized the FBI for monitoring online activity of suspected "black identity extremists" in November.

Seven companies have reportedly put in a bid for the contract with DHS. Read more at Bloomberg Law.


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+2 # dotlady 2018-04-07 23:24
Haven't the Koch Brothers got a team that's ready to do this?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-04-08 10:33
Quoting dotlady:
Haven't the Koch Brothers got a team that's ready to do this?

- why would they spend their own money?
 
 
+1 # dotlady 2018-04-08 19:30
to Robbee: you have a good point, but as I understand it (New Yorker article, by Jane Mayer I think) they already have a staff for investigative stuff.
 
 
+11 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-08 06:04
This should be illegal as a violation of the first amendment. Being watched by the police is a form of intimidation. The threat of being shut down is real. RT has been taken off the air in many regions. Soon it will be gone entirely.

Soon there will only be the perspective of the major news -- NYT, Wapo, and the rest which are in realty only conduits for government and ruling elite opinions.

Here is the full request for proposals. It is as scary as this article suggests -- or worse.

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=22aa793f75ce05efd160cfa36d7a8acc&tab=documents&tabmode=form&tabid=d670a11f6fe1ba66358ff1c777dcb3b9&subtab=core&subtabmode=list&=



This is not just monitoring US media. It calls for global monitoring of all media in all formats.


Now we know. Big Brother Is Watching and he's looking for thought crime. RSN will be under police surveillance.
 
 
-4 # Robbee 2018-04-08 11:19
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-08 06:04:
(The Department of Homeland Security wants to compile a database to monitor hundreds of thousands of news outlets and journalists around the world. this database) calls for global monitoring of all media in all formats.

RT has been taken off the air in many regions. Soon it will be gone entirely.

- comrade! for this tidbit of putin's opinion, thanks!

the only news here is only that homeland security will compile a database!

if the cia, state department, fbi, nsa, russian intelligence, chinese intelligence, british intelligence, israeli intelligence, and who knows how many other large economies except california have not been doing this, PLUS PAYING REPORTERS TO ISSUE PROPAGANDA? why not? to assume they don't is absurd?

this is simply a blatant power grab by dickhead and repukes, who are not sure they can trust our intelligence community to do their personal bidding!

the only surprise, really, is that homeland security will collect so much duplicate info, from what we already collect? - what's the point? to provide cover to cia, state department, fbi and nsa? or when dickhead wants to exercise fascist control of world media? (don't bet against it!)

by the way, on a personal note, comrade? you have nothing to fear? that is, so long as putin has rubles to bribe journalists to publish his propaganda? state-controlle d rt will never disappear from anywhere! - putin rules!
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-09 06:21
Robbee -- "by the way, on a personal note, comrade? you have nothing to fear? that is, so long as putin has rubles to bribe journalists to publish his propaganda? state-controlle d rt will never disappear from anywhere! - putin rules!"


too bad this is not true. It is a good thought, though.
 
 
+3 # Allears 2018-04-08 07:49
The War on Hearts and Minds, a wholly owned subsidiary of the global Overwar brought to us by the US of A, keeping the Homeland secure against sentiments disseminated by influencers all over the world.(So the generals can tell the President where the next location is to sent the drones.)
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-04-08 09:35
Time for a wake up call America. We are going down the tubes fast.
 
 
+6 # laborequalswealth 2018-04-08 09:43
First they came for the communists....
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-09 06:13
They've already got them. They are way beyond communists. They are simply getting everyone. It is all about control.
 
 
+6 # Jim Rocket 2018-04-08 09:52
What a wonderful idea! I'm sure this information well never be mis-used.
 
 
+3 # suzyskier 2018-04-08 11:29
Welcome to our new paranoid Presidents world. He must be planning for his permanent residency ala Putin. I wonder how he thinks he will accomplish this? First the Press next ? This man is a mockery of justice and his lackeys are doing his bidding. Soon it won’t be safe to say anything anywhere.
 
 
+1 # Jude 2018-04-08 15:21
What are the seven bidding companies and who are their CEOs?
 
 
0 # Jude 2018-04-08 15:25
Partial answer to my question. From the Bloomberg News item by Daniel Snyder linked in article above:
"Responses are due April 13. Seven companies, mainly minority- or women-owned small businesses, have already expressed interest in becoming a vendor for the contract, according to the FedBizOpps web site.”
Interesting and, dare I say it?--sad.
 
 
0 # dotlady 2018-04-11 19:24
All the bidding companies will have to do to build such a database is to ally with Facebook and a couple of other compilations (NSA). Piece of cake. I suppose they will be backed or hacked by either Putin or the Koch brothers.
And jobs! Think about the jobs! Yup, we need more good jobs like this for desperate unemployed middle-class people.
 

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