November 5, 2011
In this March 30, 2011, file photo. an art student from the University of Helwan paints the Facebook logo on a mural commemorating the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt. Working at undisclosed locations in the USA, the team from the CIA's Open Source Center pores daily over tweets, Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms - anything overseas that anyone can access, and contribute to, openly.
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In an anonymous industrial park, CIA analysts who jokingly call themselves the “ninja librarians” are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything from common public opinion to revolutions.