Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No, no possible problems with this,

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”
 'social pollution', isn't that an interesting term.  Especially coming from these people:
Filippo Menczer (who sounds like an author of that 1920s Italian fascist tract) is Truthy’s lead investigator and closely affiliated with “non-partisan” groups like President Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org and Greenpeace. The software’s very name comes from ardent conservative hater Stephen Colbert.
Be interesting to see how they define 'hate speech', and 'misinformation'.


Sailorcurt said...

There's supposedly going to be some sort of app that you can use to report tweets and other items as "false memes". It's also supposed to track astroturfing and things like that.

It's, of course, run by a bunch of leftists, but I'm thinking if they open it up to input from the public, we can inundate them with reports on anti-gun tweets and posts and leftist astroturfing activities.

Wouldn't it be cool if it turned into a way to "out" the left wing tactics by accident?

If they're just doing this as a propaganda tool, they won't open it up for outside input and it will quickly become obvious what it is and will be disregarded by anyone but the left's true believers.

There's a chance that they've bought into the leftist projection that our side is full of "hate speech", false claims and astroturfing and they simply expect that opening it up to the public will result in our nefarious tactics being exposed.

If that's the case, I think they're going to be unpleasantly surprised by the results.

Windy Wilson said...

Sailorcurt, and they would fix that bug in how many days after discovery? Much quicker than whatever fixes they allegedly put in to the Obamacare website rollout.
And, Firehand, there's no odds out there on how they define hate speech and misinformation. Mr. Wilson taught me to not take sucker bets.
If I could help it.