Skip to comments.US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propoganda
Posted on 02/20/2011 6:54:49 AM PST by COUNTrecount
The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.
The contract calls for the development of "Persona Management Software" which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. The job listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week.
Click here to view the government contract (PDF)
According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer.
The software enables the government to shield its identity through a number of different methods including the ability to assign unique IP addresses to each persona and the ability to make it appear as though the user is posting from other locations around the world.
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The 4 minute men go high tech.
This may be the most horrifying story I’ve read in a horrifying week!
We live in a science fiction story. And it’s dystopic.
This is supposed to be brand new? Please.
This will only work on airheads who don’t read and can’t think for themselves...they usually don’t vote anyway.
They voted last time.
They’re probably working overtime spamming WI area newspaper website comment sections.
The ability to send information to hundreds of thousands instantly and make it appear to be a personal message?
Yes, it’s new.
Ya got me! What does that mean? My dictionaries have failed me.
It worked in Egypt.
The potential for abuse does of course exist, but in this case, the client is the US Air Force and the contractual places of performance are listed as: MacDill AFB, Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq.
1984 and Brave New World are both dystopic novels.
Oh coontrare! No it is not or don’t you get those endless crap e-mails that are sent from those soliciting either products or political campaigns? Check them out, it is addresses only to you. I think one of them is called Constant Contact.
Contracting Office Address:
2606 Brown Pelican Ave.
MacDill AFB, Florida 33621-5000
Place of Performance:
Performance will be at MacDIll AFB, Kabul, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq.
MacDill AFB , Florida 33679
Phone: (813) 828-4729
Fax: (813) 828-5111
I’ve seen these bots in action on financial sites. “Bernanke good - gold bad!”
Facebook postings are different than Constant Contact.
Just creating the fake people to back up the fake votes. Imagine if we vote by the Internet. Chocago’s dwindling population, fewer now than in 1920, will have a resurgence of Chicagoans.
This is great; soon we’ll have “FReepers” posting about how efficient our government is, how intelligent our “president” is, how thin his wife is, how low our tax burdens are, etc.
Who’s the BOT and who’s not?
That is the question.
So the government can be jailed for creating spam?
I Love big brobama!
They might even post to tell us how efficient high speed rail is and how productive it will make us. LOL
Imagine, if you will, this story coming out during any Republican administration. It would be the lead story in the New York Times for eighteen months. Investigations and calls for impeachment would follow.
But with a State Run Media, like we have now, there is utterly no coverage besides this tiny mention.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see another “grassroots” call for vote-by-Internet soon.
I am not a bot, but just to be fair, bots are simply employed by the govt. To do the jobs illegal aliens won’t or are unable to do.
HEY! I FOUND ONE!
No, Willie Green is gone.
It is incredible that we have real live people (though apparently not in sufficient numbers) that voice all of those positions...
Finally, an explanation for Ash.
Thanks. I always look up words I’m unfamiliar with. “dystopic” is not in my online dictionaries, but “Dystopia” is. Should have just tried other forms. Ah, well,,, learn something every day! Last one was “Pareidolia.”
And the author of the piece has it wrong...it's NOT a contract but a "sources sought" notice looking for potential vendors.
And, it is for CENTCOM, based at MacDill AFB, with work performance to be located in Baghdad and Kabul.
But NO RFP/RFQ has been issued and NO contract has been awarded (yet).
This is one of e scariest articles I have seen in a while. It’s like they want to escalate what the DNC, unions and secular humanist devotees have been doing for years. The seem to be looking for a “final solution” to staying in power, so they can just settle down to the business of autocracy.
Great - a new “tool” to creat false consensus. Should work well for the global warmists when they invent thousands of new “scientists” that support their position.
“But the science is settled” has been their mantra. It will appear even more settled when a few thousand non-existent scientists support their view.
Ahhhh, the good old days!
I did a search before I posted, nothing came up.
Absolutely; they couldn’t get the illegal aliens online fast enough, so they’re manufacturing the Emperor’s droid army...
That's what they want you to think...
Has anyone ever seen Willie Green and Joe Biden in the same room at the same time?
This is a black hat op designed to infiltrate our enemies who are pretty darn good at using the Net for their nefarious deeds. Makes a lot of sense to me. The whole approach could be for real.
On the plus side, one genuine good guy at CENTCOM could run a whole team of pretend double agents who would not have to risk life and limb.
This has the makings of a good spy novel. Obviously, tactics such as these have been used since the beginning of time to deceive the other side and/or learn what they are doing. The recent book "A Genius For Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars" is a fun read and shows you how things like this were used very successfully to help the good guys win wars.
Does FR have a way to sniff these things out?
Just more evidence of a government out of control.
We can hardly believe a damn report released for public consumption by the feds any longer.
A government for and by the people....what a joke.
Transparency? Another belly laugh.
The majority of politicians are extremely wealthy and it takes millions upon millions to launch a campaign for any position at the state or federal level.
A government by the people.....come now.
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The government hates it when people disagree with it. Unable to convince the people with truth, it creates lies and now is creating “people” who believe the lies.
So all you really need is ZOT.
I no longer even trust they have good intentions...period.