Who says school is all work and no play? Learn how American Military University has integrated gamification into its Intelligence Studies degree program. AMU professor Jason Anderson introduced a redesigned “game” that gives students experience collecting and analyzing intelligence in real-time, using one of the fastest growing sources of open-source information: social media.
Are you interested in a career as a certified fraud examiner? AMU professor Kim Miller, who is also a certified fraud examiner (CFE), discusses the importance of open-source intelligence to help with online investigations. Here are a few of the websites and online tools that fraud examiners use to investigate and locate a person suspected of fraud.
By Dr. Shana Nicholson and Joseph Heaton
Social media has become a staple in today’s society. It is hard to find someone who does not participate in at least one service, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Using social media for personal reasons is socially acceptable, however, when social media and emergency services mix, an explosive concoction begins to form.
By Mark Riccardi, Program Director, Homeland Security at American Military University
Crowdsourcing, or using the power of the Internet and social media to “virtually” bring together large groups of people in support of a cause or event, has successfully been used to help emergency responders during disaster management.
By Giles Hoback, III, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Public University
At some point in our careers, we have all had to call for backup. Now getting information and electronic “backup” is much easier with the widespread use of cloud computing, smartphones, and apps tailored to specific functions.
What has transpired in the last 24 hours on the New York Police Department’s Twitter account (@NYPDNews) will likely be studied by social media and public affairs’ departments for years to come.
The NYPD social media people posted what seemed like an innocuous request to its Twitter followers: Post pictures of yourself with officers and use the hashtag #myNYPD.
By Leischen Stelter, American Military University
How well are you prepared to communicate with the public during a crisis? Has your department conducted training exercises that incorporate the use of social media? Do you have a public information officer (PIO) who is authorized (and capable) of sending out social media updates in the midst of an emergency without going through the “normal” authoritative channels?