Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Conservative Bloggers top 20

A few blog articles:


TAEGAN GODDARD

A very interesting research paper by Lada Adamic and Natalie Glance examines the posts of 40 "A-list" conservative and liberal blogs in the two months leading up to the 2004 presidential election. Political Wire is included in the analysis.

Among the findings:

* There are significant differences in the behavior of liberal and conservative blogs, with conservative blogs linking to each other more frequently and in a denser pattern.
* Conservative blogs tended to rank higher overall than liberal blogs, with the top 20 conservative blogs falling in the 44 most-cited blogs while the top 20 liberal blogs fell in the top 77 most-cited blogs.
* Liberal and conservative bloggers also had clear preferences for mainstream news sources that they cited.

WIRED

We Need Spy Blogs
An Army officer calls for better information gathering.
By Kris Alexander Previous: Trackback | Next: Verizon Vetoes Public Wi-Fi

An Army officer calls for spy blogs

It's an open secret that the US intelligence community has its own classified, highly secure Internet. Called Intelink, it's got portals, chat rooms, message boards, search engines, webmail, and tons of servers. It's pretty damn cool … for four years ago.

While I was serving as an intelligence analyst at the US Central Command in Qatar during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003, my team and I analyzed hundreds of messages and reports each day. We created briefings used by generals Tommy Franks and John Abizaid. A vast amount of information was available to us on Intelink, but there was no simple way to find and use the data efficiently. For instance, our search engine was an outdated version of AltaVista. (We've got Google now, a step in the right direction.) And while there were hundreds of people throughout the world reading the same materials, there was no easy way to learn what they thought. Somebody had answers to my questions, I knew, but how were we ever to connect? The scary truth is that most of the time analysts are flying half blind.

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