Fraidycat is an app for Linux, Windows or Mac OS X which can be accessed from a local browser or a Tor onion site - and is a tool that can be used to follow folks on a variety of platforms. But rather than showing you a traditional 'inbox' or 'feed' view of all the incoming posts - Fraidycat braces itself against this unbridled firehose! - you are shown an overview of who is active and a brief summary of their activity.
Fraidycat attempts to dissolve the barriers between networks - each with their own seeming 'network effects' - and forms a personal network for you, a personal surveillance network, if you will, of the people you want to monitor. (It's as if the Web itself is now your network - imagine that.)
There are no fancy algorithms behind Fraidycat - everything is organized by recency. (Although, you can sort follows into tags and priority - "do I want to track this person in real-time? Is this a band that I am only interested in checking in on once a year?") For once, the point isn't for the tool to discern your intent from your behavior; the point is for you to wield the tool, as if you are a rather capable kind of human being.
A collection of several hundred online tools for OSINT.
TagTeam is an RSS / Atom / RDF aggregator with the ability to filter and remix its input feeds with a high degree of flexibility. Items can be added directly to TagTeam “bookmarking collections” via the provided delicious-like bookmarklet, and these items can be remixed and filtered like any other item.
TagTeam can aggregate content from anything that emits RSS, Atom, or RDF. This includes delicious, zotero, WordPress, twitter, mediawiki, connotea, blogger, github, and too many other applications and services to mention. It uses the feed-abstract gem, written as part of this project to create a better way of dealing with structured feeds. feed-abstract understands some generators and does magical things - like turning twitter hashtags into actual tags on aggregated items. Has its own search engine.
Written in Ruby on Rails, uses Postgres as its backend. Redis for queue processing. The search component is written in Java.
The Plain View Project is a database of public Facebook posts and comments made by current and former police officers from several jurisdictions across the United States.
We present these posts and comments because we believe that they could undermine public trust and confidence in our police. In our view, people who are subject to decisions made by law enforcement may fairly question whether these online statements about race, religion, ethnicity and the acceptability of violent policing—among other topics—inform officers’ on-the-job behaviors and choices.
To be clear, our concern is not whether these posts and comments are protected by the First Amendment. Rather, we believe that because fairness, equal treatment, and integrity are essential to the legitimacy of policing, these posts and comments should be part of a national dialogue about police.
An open source search engine for social media, by one of the developers of YaCy. Can monitor Twitter, Youtube, Github,
Can return JSON as well as RSS for search results.
Source code: https://github.com/loklak/loklak_server
A website which allows you to pick one or more online services to delete yourself from. Also flags which services you can't delete yourself from (scroll all the way down to the bottom).
Open source, Github repo here: http://github.com/rmlewisuk/justdelete.me
The developer signup page for Full Contact, which is a search engine and database for social media and personal information. You can get an API key for it.
DocNow responds to the public's use of social media for chronicling historically significant events as well as demand from scholars, students, and archivists, among others, seeking a user-friendly means of collecting and preserving this type of digital content.
A free handbook for journalists that describes how to verify and vet information from socialmedia sources. Written by journalists from the BBC, Storyful, ABC, Digital First Media, and other news organizations. Free to download as a PDF, ePub, or kindle ebook. Available in English, Greek, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Turkish, Coatian, and Italian.