Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Intellectual Property

I don't have much love for intellectual property rights. They cause a certain kind of intellectual and mental constipation that restricts the free flow of ideas. I intend to use images, videos, music and other forms of communication and all sorts of content freely and without prior permission but will put in my best effort to include attribution. Apologies in advance, but it just feels right to do it this way. This is a challenge to myself as much as it is to those who might want to come after me for encroaching onto their property rights. My writings, ideas, images and other content is available to everyone to use and share freely as long as they're not altered. I don't think I have anything to worry about. If people really want to find out who created a certain piece of content, they can and they will. By allowing others to freely use/share the content that we create, we are potentially creating a larger audience for that content. I think content likes being seen by people, and the more the merrier. Content gets created for a certain reason. It wants to be seen and appreciated. Who am I to lay claim to it... I only help it come into existence but I don't "own" it. Again, it just feels right. But if you really don't want me to use your content, just ask, and I will, with apologies to your content (but not to you :)), deny it existence on these pages!

1 comment:

  1. Blame it on the train but my post earlier got lost. I was just going to add this to explain how we all work together. Everything in the system contributes. Might be better if I hide it here. Always hiding from being mis-understood. Thanks.

    Intelligence collection analysts collaborate with a number of other analysts and collectors throughout the Intelligence Community, which allow them to identify any gaps in intelligence and develop strategies to close these gaps. These CIA professionals must produce written briefings that detail their findings to U.S. policymakers.

    Intelligence collection analysts also seek to develop current collection systems and acquire new collection systems that represent the interests of the CIA. Intelligence collection analysts also partner and collaborate with other collection professionals in intelligence collection strategy forums and sensitive collection programs.
    Understanding the Process of Intelligence Collection

    Intelligence is said to be the fuel on which the Intelligence Community operates. And the first part of the intelligence process involves its collection. In fact, everything and everyone in the process depends on the collection of intelligence.

    Intelligence collection analysts of the CIA are therefore responsible for ensuring the successful collection of all relevant intelligence, which is then used to produce the finished intelligence reports that are provided to U.S. policymakers when making crucial decisions.

    Intelligence collection analysts may focus their efforts on any number of avenues when it comes to the acquisition of raw intelligence, including:

    Signals intelligence – Involves the interception of signals between people or machines
    Imagery intelligence – Involves obtaining information using radar and infrared sensors, lasers, and visual photograph, just to name a few
    Measurement and Signature Intelligence – Involves using scientific and technical intelligence information to locate and identify the special characteristics of specific targets; this may include nuclear, acoustics, seismic, optical, or materials sciences
    Human-Source Intelligence – Involves the collection of intelligence from human sources
    Open-Source Intelligence – Involves obtaining intelligence form publicly available information, such as television, newspapers, the Internet, or commercial databases, just to name a few
    Geospatial Intelligence – Involves imagery and mapping data gathered from commercial and government satellites, commercial databases, census information, or GPS