In March 2004, I suggested on my personal blog that spy agencies should make use of blogs, wikipedias and similar community-based open-source tools to share intelligence between the far-flung corners of the spy universe. It seems that they have done just that, as a recent Reuters article points out: U.S. Intelligence Unveils Spy Version of Wikipedia.
“The U.S. intelligence community on Tuesday unveiled its own secretive version of Wikipedia, saying the popular online encyclopedia format known for its openness is key to the future of American espionage.
The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government’s classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web.
A “top secret” Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, has grown to more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for “secret” and “sensitive but unclassified” material.”