Thursday, May 21, 2009

WTOP Features Discussion How to Catch Cyber Terrorists

Over the years, many folks have gotten to know Jim Southworth as someone who has used his technological skills to help public forums run smoothly or through being the president of the local Public Access television station. The skills needed to do those tasks, however, are just the tip of the iceberg as far as Southworth's techie skills go. As a recent piece on WTOP points out, Southworth is a "cyber expert" who "has helped government agencies track hackers and terrorists."

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.

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.
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.

1 comment:

  1. I'm flattered Bryan.... thanks for the diary.... JJ Green from WTOP calls me often for guidence on all things "Internet" since he interviewed me over a year ago when I personally found hackers in mainland China breaking into computers here in DC.