The Next Internet article The intelligence community is developing a new app for smartphones and other devices that can collect and deliver information to the government in the form of information about an individual, the Intercept has learned.
The app, called Intelligence, is part of a wider initiative by the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to enable the government to collect intelligence, whether through the use of metadata or via algorithms that extract information from a user’s device.
It is designed to help the government “better understand the environment in which individuals live, work, and socialize, and the behaviors of individuals in the United States and around the world,” according to a briefing document obtained by The Intercept.
The NSA is developing Intelligence to help it “better assess and understand the nature of threats to the United Stated and the United Nations, and to better support our strategic partnerships, which will be essential to our ability to defend our homeland,” according the document.
The Intelligence app is the latest in a series of initiatives by the intelligence community to expand the capabilities of its intelligence tools, which have come under intense scrutiny since Edward Snowden leaked details of massive data collection by the NSA and its partner agencies.
The revelations about the NSA’s programs have prompted a national debate about the scope of government power and transparency.
Some critics have called for an end to the collection of phone records and other metadata by the federal government.
Others have called on the government and intelligence agencies to be more open with the public.
Intelligence is part the “big data” campaign to understand the world and to “enhance our capabilities,” according one of the documents, authored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and shared with The Intercept by the office’s senior intelligence officials.
The briefing document lays out the vision for Intelligence and lays out specific goals that the intelligence agency hopes to achieve through the program.
The document also notes that intelligence analysts and engineers working on Intelligence will “develop and implement best practices for how to leverage AI-powered predictive analytics to support more accurate, efficient, and predictive intelligence” in the future.
“We are developing an Intelligence platform that can be used for intelligence-gathering and analysis in a variety of environments,” the document says.
Intelligence aims to deliver the “best information and analysis for the greatest number of people at the highest level.”
The intelligence agencies aim to improve “the efficiency, accuracy, and effectiveness of intelligence collection,” and the apps “are designed to provide users with access to intelligence in a seamless and convenient manner,” according an executive summary of the Intelligence project.
The Intercept reported in May that the CIA and NSA had begun working on an Intelligence app that would be built using existing software.
The first versions of Intelligence were due out in June, according to the documents.
The project is being led by the CIA’s Advanced Data Analytics Lab, which is based at Fort Meade, Maryland.
The documents describe the Intelligence app as a way to “help the CIA better understand the environments in which Americans live, working, and societally interact,” according a statement provided to The Intercept on Monday.
“This will enable the CIA to better understand how individuals engage in their communities, their work environments, and their politics,” it said.
“In addition, Intelligence will be useful for the government when it’s needed to help us improve the quality of the intelligence it collects and analyze.”
The Intelligence application is one of several efforts the intelligence agencies are undertaking in a bid to help “enhanced” their capabilities.
“Data analytics and intelligence are two of the many tools that we are using to make our work easier, faster, and more effective,” the statement from the CIA said.
The agency’s effort to make Intelligence “better” is “at the same time a direct response to the intelligence leaks that have caused a public outcry over how the intelligence services collect and use our data,” said a former senior official with a federal agency who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
“It is about making sure we are not just getting by, but doing better,” the former official said.
As part of the new initiative, the Intelligence Office has hired a team of more than 30 people to work on Intelligence, according the documents shared by the agency.
The team is responsible for “developing, evaluating, and delivering Intelligence and supporting its delivery to the Agency,” the documents state.
The former official noted that the team includes some former senior intelligence officers.
“I’m not sure how many people are involved in the Intelligence team,” the source said.
A former intelligence official told The Intercept that intelligence officials have been working on the Intelligence App for years, but that “it’s a really important project” and that the effort is “deeply focused.”
“There are a lot of folks on this team that have done some intelligence analysis for years,” the intelligence official said, adding that “the idea that they are going to come up with something new and better