September 02, 2019

Well This is Interesting

There's a report that the U.S. military is getting into the domestic speech regulation business.

Now I'm so old that I remember last week's report that Trump was removing automatic citizenship from the children of service-members born overseas, so I'm holding judgement.

However, if this is a nuanced and accurate characterization of the policy as proposed, then the position of this blog is...

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1 I think I know what this is.  It's DARPA, so it's a research program, not a practical one.

They want to know how information spreads across the internet (and other mechanisms), to learn, for example, whether it's better to directly respond to Russian disinformation accounts on Twitter, to simply ignore them, to run counter-programs of verified facts, and so on.  And beyond that, whether you can pull information out of online posts to spot possible disease outbreaks before they can be identified through the usual channels.

They tried to launch a similar program in 2013, but then the whole Snowden thing happened and government overview of social media became far too hot a potato.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Sep 2 18:31:19 2019 (PiXy!)

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