Covert Contact Just Got Bigger, Better, and Cheaper

Those of you who used to use the Blogs of War ThreatStream before it became Covert Contact will be please to hear that pricing and plan changes have made it super affordable.

I was able to streamline much of the production and account maintenance processes and requests are coming in for custom monitors. This means that I am able to restructure the subscription system and slash prices. So starting this week the three-tiered plan system is gone. All subscribers now have Covert Contact Pro level features and the price, which was $99 a month, has been slashed to only $10 per month. That is an amazingly low price for over 350 international relations, political, and national security live streams. I’m constantly fine tuning the streams and adding more as news breaks. To keep up with developments follow Covert Contact on Twitter or the Covert Contact blog.

This is an exciting change and not one that I thought I would be able to make so quickly. This gets Covert Contact as close to being “free” as possible and hopefully back into the hands of many observers. I hope you will give it a look and subscribe.

Covert Contact – Real-Time Social Media Intelligence

As promised I’ve been working to make the ThreatStreams available again. Many of you have spoken and you clearly do not want to see this service disappear. The good news is that a few interesting things are happening that should allow me to bring the monitors back while offering several additional services and improvements.

The entire ThreatStream project is spinning off into it’s own entity called Covert Contact. This new framework will offer a more robust set of tools and support via three affordable levels of service to subscribers. The entire ThreatStream code base is being re-developed to support this.

Even the most basic Covert Contact plan will offer coverage of dozens of countries and topics with more advanced (although still very affordable) plans offering a deeper dive into issues and more advanced support. I’ve heard from everyone from students, to journalists, to intelligence professionals and the new plans were constructed (and priced) with those kinds of needs in mind. Covert Contact will offer the features intelligence, military, and government professionals value while still being accessible to students and individuals on a budget.

Organizations have also contacted me with requests for custom or self-hosted monitors. Covert Contact will offer a fast, easy, and very affordable mechanism for making this happen – especially during breaking events. Details and pricing will be available when Covert Contact launches – hopefully in about one week. Until then, follow Covert Contact on Twitter or drop me a note if you have additional questions.

Here’s a sneak peek at the new site as it’s under development:

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Thank you for your continued patience and support!

Mohamed Morsi Declared Winner in Egypt – Live Streaming Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian Presidential Race Tweets

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It is a step forward in the revolution in the eyes of many Egyptians, even those uncomfortable with the Brotherhood, but the path forward remains unclear:

Mr. Morsi now becomes the first Islamist elected to be head of an Arab state. But his victory is an ambiguous milestone in Egypt’s promised transition to democracy after the ouster 16 months ago of President Hosni Mubarak.

After an election that international monitors called credible, the military-led government has recognized an electoral victory by an opponent of military rule over Mr. Shafik, who promised harmony with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. But Mr. Morsi’s recognition as president does little to resolve the larger standoff between the generals and the Brotherhood over the balance of power over the institutions of government and the future constitution. Under the generals’ plan, Mr. Morsi, 60, will assume an office stripped of almost all authority under a military-issued interim constitution.

This collection of streams monitors any mention of the Muslim Brotherhood with streams specifically focused on Mohamed Morsi and the Brotherhood’s role in Egypt. You can see the full list of live streams here.