Monday, December 4, 2006

Andrew McAfee writes about intelligence agencies and social software

I talked about this briefly yesterday, but Andrew McAfee really talks about it today. This truly is Required Reading.

The article presents a wonderful case study for any organization considering or embarking on E2.0 efforts, and I have trouble thinking of a situation where it‘s more important to get it right.

If there are a lot of people in the agencies who want to catch bad guys more than they want to protect fiefdoms, and if there are no horrible early PR disasters or security breaches, and if people see that contributing can actually help their careers, then E2.0 should take off in the US intelligence community. I hope like crazy that the first of these conditions is already true. The other two are not foregone conclusions (remember the prediction markets within the Department of Defense that got branded as ‘terror markets,‘ and had to be shut down?), but neither are they highly unlikely.

After reading the article, I have some confidence that the intelligence agencies will be able to transform themselves by adopting Enterprise 2.0 tools, methods, and mindsets. The top and the bottom want the transformation to take place. Let‘s all hope this is enough.

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