The Vancouver Sun reports that the RCMP is launching a wiki designed to keep law enforcement authorities up-to-date on gang activity in Canada. Readers might recall that the US government intelligence community created Intellipedia back in 2006, which is used to share intelligence across government agencies. A “vertical” wiki called Diplopedia is also used by the US Department of State.
In September 2008, it was learned that the FBI has created it’s own wiki – Bureaupedia – to record knowledge of retiring agents, presumably in an attempt to thwart “brain drain.” The bureau has been criticized for creating a separate platform instead of utilizing the existing Intellipedia platform, which they already access.
Wiki technology is a boon for intelligence services. Sharing up-to-date intel is difficult, but the collaborative nature of wiki’s is a great – and often inexpensive – solution. I wish more agencies in law enforcement and private sector investigations would take note.