Google Ventures, the investment arm of Google, has injected a sum of up to $10 million, as has In-Q-Tel -- which handles investments for the CIA and the wider intelligence network -- into a company called Recorded Future.
The company describes its analytics as "the ultimate tool for open-source intelligence".
Wired's defence analyst, Noah Schachtman, has a detailed report on the joint venture:
"...it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine "goes beyond search" by "looking at the 'invisible links' between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events."
The idea is to figure out for each incident who was involved, where it happened and when it might go down. Recorded Future then plots that chatter, showing online "momentum" for any given event."
Recorded Future "continually scans thousands of news publications, blogs, niche sources, trade publications, government web sites, financial databases and more," according to it's portfolio.
It sifts through millions of posts and conversations taking place on blogs, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon to "assemble actual real-time dossiers on people."
It is also being integrated with Google Earth, which, as Schachtman points out in his piece, was seeded with In-Q-Tel/CIA investment. This integration will allow real time tracking of the locations of persons or groups as part of the overall intelligence dossier.
Recorded Future takes in vast amounts of personal information such as employment changes, personal education and family relations. The video also shows categories covering pretty much everything else, including entertainment, music and movie releases, as well as other innocuous things like patent filings and product recalls.