Wednesday, November 1, 2006

U.S. intelligence agencies using MediaWiki

Reuters has as an article on the use of MediaWiki by sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies: U.S. intelligence unveils spy version of Wikipedia

It‘s nice to see that someone thinks our intelligence workers are smart enough to use MediaWiki. Everyone tells me it‘s just too difficult to use. Spies can handle it but not academics. Hmmmm? I‘m not buying that! Let‘s talk about culture…

The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government‘s classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web.

A “top secret“ Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, has grown to more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for “secret“ and “sensitive but unclassified” material.

Very cool. Nice to see that someone in government was sharp enough to see the power of the wiki-way for knowledge management. And of course, Wikipedia has an entry on Intellipedia.

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