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Are You An Intelligence Officer? There’s a New App for That

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* “Tearline” is an app designed for intelligence officials
* Works by crowdsourcing unclassified information
* App was developed by Chris Rasmussen

A new app called Tearline has been specifically designed for senior U.S. intelligence officials, reports Wired. The wiki-style collaborative platform can be used to read and write intelligence reports.

Developed by Chris Rasmussen of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. along with Silicon Valley design firm IDEO, the new app builds on two of Rasmussen’s previous projects. The first, “Intellipedia,” was designed to be the Wikipedia for spies and has gone on to become a staple of the intelligence community. The second idea, “Living Intelligence,” was an attempt at allowing spies to work together on national intelligence estimates. It failed.

Tearline is different because is separates classified and unclassified information. Until recently, the raw data used to compile reports came from in-house sources, and was thus by its nature classified. These days, information comes from lots of public sources, like Google and Twitter. Tearline seeks to crowdsource that unclassified intelligence.

Before you get any slick ideas, don’t expect much from Tearline if you aren’t an intelligence analyst. While the app will be available for anyone to download, only individuals with an authenticated government clearance will be able to login. As for the rest of us: there’s always Reddit.