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Chris Rasmussen

Chris Rasmussen
Living Intelligence and Mashup Evangelist, U.S. Intelligence Community


The United States Intelligence Community (IC) has made tremendous strides over the last several years with the introduction of a wide range of social software tools such as wikis, blogs, user tagging services, and social networking services for knowledge management and information sharing. Mr. Rasmussen was instrumental in pioneering this initial push, but now believes it’s time to take it to the next level.

Social software-based knowledge creation is still often viewed as “good for collaboration but not the product.” Intelligence agencies still primarily vet and disseminate “their” snapshot products—often with overlap. Mr. Rasmussen evangelizes for a move toward a “living intelligence” model where a range of information is mixed together in a transparent common space and the intelligence topic is constantly updated. Living intelligence, sometimes also referred to as purple intelligence, can help reduce duplication by moving the review process into the same space where the collaboration takes place.

Mr. Rasmussen’s classified blog “Need-to-Share not Need-to-Know Guy” is one of the most read and commented upon blogs in the Intelligence Community.

Mr. Rasmussen has received several prestigious awards for innovation and leadership such as the Director of National Intelligence “Exceptional Pioneer Award” in 2007 for helping pioneer the Intellipedia movement. He was selected as one of the “Federal 100” by Federal Computer Week in 2008. This award is giving to top executives from government, industry and academia that had the greatest impact on the government information systems community.

Mr. Rasmussen holds a BA in History and Masters in National Security Studies.


Agile Government
Location: Room 202 A
Clive Thompson (Wired/New York Times Magazine), Chris Rasmussen (U.S. Intelligence Community), Lewis Shepherd (Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments), Matthew Burton (The Open Source ACH Project,
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In 2006, Clive Thompson wrote in a watershed New York Times Magazine article "Billions of dollars’ worth of ultrasecret data networks couldn’t help spies piece together the clues to the worst terrorist plot ever. At the Gov 2.0 Expo, Clive Thompson will discuss the progress made in the Intelligence Community since that 2006 with Matthew Burton, Chris Rasmussen, and Lewis Shepherd. Read more.
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