Fox News is ominously warning about the potential of Twittering terrorists.
The U.S. Army's 304th Military Intelligence Battalion released in mid-October a report describing how a number of social media and other technologies, including Twitter, could be used by terrorists.
After all, “Twitter has also become a social activism tool for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences,” according to the report.
This is not news; Clay Shirky's book Here Come Everybody talks about how people were using Twitter to track government actions. Protesters used Twitter to help them evade police at the Republican National Convention, the Army report warned.
The report also gave a number of examples of soldiers in the Middle East using Twitter to talk about their day's activities -- potentially providing information to terrorists or other groups -- and listed several scenarios of how terrorists could use Twitter.
Other technologies with potentially dangerous applications include voice-changing technology to disguise people's voices, GPS and mapping, and surveillance using mobile phones, the report said.