Wednesday 18 Jul 2018 | 05:46 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 18 Jul 2018 | 05:46 | SYDNEY

More on intelligence crowdsourcing


Sam Roggeveen


3 February 2010 15:53

This morning I asked whether US intelligence agencies might be subtly using amateurs and enthusiasts to improve the Government's technical analysis of Russia's latest fighter jet. Now this afternoon, I read that 'crowdsourcing' is definitely on the Pentagon's agenda:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, just released its budget for the upcoming year. And, as you might expect from the Pentagon’s way-out science and technology division, there are some wild new projects on tap.

Military analysts are already overwhelmed by too much information. Instead of training more analysts or handing data over to computers, Darpa wants to improve how the military uses its intelligence info by turning it into an open call for contribution. The $13 million dollar project, called “Deep ISR Processing by Crowds,” looks “to harness the unique cognitive and creative abilities of large numbers of people to enhance dramatically the knowledge derived from ISR systems.”

 'ISR' refers to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.