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US Homeland Security database would track journalists, 'media influencers': report

15:20  07 april  2018
15:20  07 april  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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The Department of Homeland Security recently sought contractors for a " media monitoring" service, a report says. The Department of Homeland Security is seeking contractors for the creation of a database that would monitor news outlets around the world and collect information on journalists

The Department of Homeland Security posted a contract request this week for " Media Monitoring Services," which will compile a database of hundreds of thousands of journalists , bloggers and " media influencers " for the federal government. After an outcry on social media , a Department of Homeland

a close up of a sign: The Department of Homeland Security recently sought contractors for a © AP The Department of Homeland Security recently sought contractors for a "media monitoring" service, a report says.

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking contractors for the creation of a database that would monitor news outlets around the world and collect information on journalists, bloggers and “media influencers.”

The plan comes amid concerns of so-called “fake news” and its effect on U.S. elections, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A DHS solicitation for bids on the project appears on the website FedBizOpps.gov. Prospective contractors are invited to contact two DHS staffers, whose email addresses appear in the post.

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Homeland Security is seeking a contractor to compile a list of both professional journalists and "top media influencers ," which would likely The successful contracting company will have "24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database , including journalists , editors, correspondents

Compiling, monitoring, and tracking a database of journalists and social media influencers sounds disturbing and threatening to the First Amendment The National Protection and Programs Directorate is headed by the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs.

The DHS Media Monitoring plan would grant the chosen company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalist, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.,” for the purpose of identifying “any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

According to the document, the public activities of media members and influencers would be monitored by location and beat.

Contractors bidding for the project must “present contact details and any other information that could be relevant including publications this influencer writes for, and an over of the previous coverage published by the influencer.”

The chosen company must have the ability to track more than 250,000 global news outlets in more than 100 languages, with the “ability to create unlimited data tracking, statistical breakdown, and graphical analyses on ad-hoc basis.”

Contractor bids are said to be due April 13.

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