The Australian Federal Police will receive $1.6 million in “new big data capability,” justice minister Michael Keenan announced this morning.
“Open source social media provides a large data set – subsequently providing linkages and other in depth intelligence on terrorist groups from their members,” a statement issued by the minister said.
“The sheer volume of associated data from the IS online onslaught has created a windfall of intelligence, and gives tremendous insight into terrorist organisations and also insight into operational activity from geo-location, to unintentionally leaked plans or photos.”
In addition the Australian Crime Commission will receive $1 million for technology that will enable secure, real-time transfer of intelligence between surveillance teams, the minister said.
“The new real-time capability will enhance safety, situational awareness and the timeliness and accuracy of decisions and actions in the field,” Keenan said.The initiatives will be funded by money seized under proceeds of crime legislation.