Monday, January 14, 2008

Not to scare you or anything but...

Tom Hodgkinson at the Guardian did the digging and wrote up a very enlightening article about facebook. Here's my favourite part, but read the whole article. Mr. Hodgkinson is a great writer and journalist.

Facebook's
most recent round of funding was led by a company called Greylock
Venture Capital, who put in the sum of $27.5m. One of Greylock's senior
partners is called Howard Cox, another former chairman of the NVCA, who
is also on the board of In-Q-Tel. What's In-Q-Tel? Well, believe it or
not (and check out their website), this is the venture-capital wing of
the CIA. After 9/11, the US intelligence community became so excited by
the possibilities of new technology and the innovations being made in
the private sector, that in 1999 they set up their own venture capital
fund, In-Q-Tel, which "identifies and partners with companies
developing cutting-edge technologies to help deliver these solutions to
the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader US Intelligence
Community (IC) to further their missions".
With friends like these ... Tom Hodgkinson on the politics of the people behind Facebook | Technology | The Guardian

Not that I've got much to hide, I'm pretty much an open book and happy to present past and present mistakes to examination and ridicule, but WOW!

This is the first story of 2008 to make me rethink a large part of my life - the social networking & communications side.

Happy monday!

--note to CIA, Michael is not a terrorist or communist-sympathizer, he justs lists socialist as his political leanings on these social sites because he believes in public services over open-market solutions.

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