Canada to gather defence intelligence from social networks in China, Russia

DND indicates it could use social media analysis as 'sensor' for instability in non-democracies.

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Moscow, Russia at night in 2012, with an International Space Station solar array in the picture. Canada’s defence department wants to examine Russian social media, among others, as part of a new system.
Marie-Danielle Smith
Published: Monday, 01/11/2016 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Tuesday, 01/12/2016 1:08 pm EST

Canada’s defence department wants to add social media analysis to its roster of international intelligence activities—focusing especially on non-democracies, where governments exert “pervasive” and “insidious” control over media, in the department’s own words.

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