NSA Releases Spy Guide to Sourcing the Internet

untangling the web coverAs sourcers and sourcing recruiters we often find ourselves scouring the Internet for new resources and tricks. This week, the National Security Agency  has made our jobs easier with the release of a 646 page document called “Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research.”

The document was made public recently due to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Michael Morisy and posted on Muckrock.  The request was filed on April 13 and  fulfilled on May 8. The document appears to have been created to help government operatives understand how to retrieve information on the web.

Though last updated in February 2007, it contains massive amounts of data that will help sourcers and recruiters as they work to improve their sourcing skills and understand how the internet works. 

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While I haven’t had time to read the entire document, sections that caught my eye were:

  • “The Past, the Present, the Future of Search”
  • “Mastering the Art of Search” – This section includes detail about meta search tools, mega search tools and web directories.
  • “Uncovering the “Invisible” Internet”
  • “Beyond Search Engines”
  • Pages 607 to 639, which contain a list of “Websites by Type”

I’m sure that as a sourcing community we will have a lot of discussions about this document, as we dig through it.  Take a peek and let us know if you find any new techniques in the comments!

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.


4 Comments on “NSA Releases Spy Guide to Sourcing the Internet

  1. Wow. I feel like James Bond.

    Seriously, if there’s any organization that should have the resources and strategic vision to understand and exploit the Internet, it would be the NSA. I can’t imagine what they have that hasn’t been released to the public.

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