US Capitol attack: is the government’s expanded online surveillance effective?

Posted on AllSides January 7th, 2022
From The Left
privacy, digital privacy, surveillance
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In the year since the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol, federal authorities have faced intense scrutiny for failing to detect warning signs on social media.

After the 6 January insurrection, the US agency tasked with combatting terrorism and extremism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has expanded its monitoring of online activity, with officials touting a new domestic terrorism intelligence branch focused on tracking online threats and sharing information about possible attacks.

A senior DHS official told the Guardian this week the department aims to track “narratives known to provoke violence” and platforms that have...

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