Tuesday, June 24, 2014
FBI's Glossary of Internet Terms
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the FBI recently released a glossary of Twitter (Internet) slang that it provides to its agents. Links to reporting on the glossary are here.
The list is voluminous and hard to read so I only skimmed it, coming across:
Acronyms with multiple meanings that are bound to leave agents guessing, such as:
DOS = Dozing off soon; Dad over shoulder; Disk Operating System
others that seem difficult to imagine arising often in an online world
DPYN = Don't Pick Your Nose
and helpful explanations of obscure meanings
HAN = alone (Han Solo)
Whatever its shortcomings, one can envision judges and litigants consulting this list to decipher the text messages, internet chats, etc., they increasingly confront in modern litigation.