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Agenda for Action

The fight against crime and terrorism has been going on for a long time and there is no end in sight. Social media warfare, on the other hand, is in its infancy and it is time to get ahead of it and not flounder as has been the case in the face of cyber threats. Action steps should include, but not be limited to, the following areas:

  • ? Establish and support research efforts focusing on social media monitoring and data mining.
  • ? Support further research efforts focusing on data visualization and information mined from social media monitoring.
  • ? Support further research efforts focusing on data and information mining from social media.
  • ? Expand research efforts focusing on situational awareness and establish a common operating picture using social media warfare tactics.

Key Terms

Common operating picture is the mutual understanding and common vision of what actions all players will take to address a situation.

Personally identifiable information (PII) is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual.

Privacy impact assessment (PIA) is an analysis of how information is handled by ensuring handling conforms to applicable legal, regulatory, and policy requirements regarding privacy, determining the risks and effects of collecting, maintaining, and disseminating information in identifiable form in an electronic information system, and examining and evaluating protections and alternative processes for handling information to mitigate potential privacy risks.

Publicly available social media is social media applications and content that can be accessed and viewed by a general public without restrictions.

Situational awareness is the level of current knowledge and understanding of a social condition, anomaly, environmental condition, or conflict situation.

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