The article which featured some of Jim’s thoughts discusses how some criminal organizations are using social media and other new technologies to try and advance their cause. People like Jim who have an extremely advanced background in technology, however, are helping to track down these terrorists and protect our communities.
According to U.S. intelligence sources, global intelligence agencies use powerful data, web and text-mining tools to follow the activities of suspected terrorists.In other words, while many of us in the political blogosphere pride ourselves on being able to use technology to open up the political process, it’s also important to remember that having people with a background in technology and the online community can truly help to keep our country safer. As social networking technologies continue to progress, I imagine we will need more people like Southworth who have an in depth knowledge of how the internet and other technologies work. In the meantime, I'm glad to see that people are recognizing that Jim is indeed a "cyber expert" who can do our country a lot of good.
From the inter-relationships intelligence sources find, Southworth says in many cases a three-dimensional model can be created so investigators can see it on a computer screen.
"Analyst or law enforcement individual can literally follow the money," Southworth says.