A-Space – A Place for Secret Agents

Jason Bourne (of Bourne films fame) may soon be pounding a computer keyboard in his search for the CIA agents who set him up. The US Director of National Intelligence recently announced plans for a social networking site designed specifically for America’s intelligence agencies.

A-Space will reportedly launch in December to the entire American Intelligence community. Modeled after social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, A-Space will be strictly used internally as a web-based communications tool.

According to a Financial Times report:

“A-Space will be equipped with web-based email and software that recommends areas of interest to the user just like Amazon suggests books to its customers. The site will also allow users to create and modify documents, and determine user privileges, in a similar fashion to Google Documents.”

The reported goal of A-Space is to allow for easier internal sharing and processing of information by intelligence analysts, which has been an ongoing effort since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Financial Times report also points out that the Department of National Intelligence has been busy creating a Wikipedia-like information site and a del.icio.us-like bookmarking site for the intelligence community. Users of the upcoming A-Space will also have access to a new national intelligence library.

I just hope, come December, I don’t get in trouble for deleting friend requests from government officials.