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US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propoganda
examiner.com ^ | february 18th, 2011 12:31 am ET | Sean Kerrigan

Posted on 02/21/2011 9:15:00 PM PST by Rabin

The US government is offering 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 listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fakepeople; propoganda
No ploy to low to go. Long accepted use of "canned laughter" coming of age in 0rwellian modality.

Rab

1 posted on 02/21/2011 9:15:06 PM PST by Rabin
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To: Rabin

This is so Orwellian, you cannot make it up. As much of a role that the internet played in getting Premier Hussein elected in the first place, I do not doubt this story in the least.

Who knows how many of these Obamazombies are lurking here at FR right now....time for some serious zotting.....


2 posted on 02/21/2011 9:20:40 PM PST by Bean Counter (You)
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To: Rabin

When a representative government lobbies its citizens, it pits itself against the people it allegedly represents. One can’t possibly do a good job representing those one is trying to persuade away from their position. “Altered or abolished...” comes to mind.


3 posted on 02/21/2011 9:20:39 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Rabin

As if they aren’t controlling enough of the thinking of the sheeple with their blatant propaganda 24/7 on tv, in the movies, magazines, newspapers and in the schoolrooms....Geeeessh. Goebbels would be so pleased.


4 posted on 02/21/2011 9:21:46 PM PST by savagesusie
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To: Rabin
"Spam we can believe in"
5 posted on 02/21/2011 9:28:54 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Redistribution = theft.)
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To: Rabin
I don't think we should let this go.

Are our TAX DOLLARS being used to finance this?

If so, Mike Pence or one of the other terrific congresscritters need to be informed.

6 posted on 02/21/2011 9:29:41 PM PST by Republic (The entire White House presidential team needs to grow up and face facts!)
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To: Count Bean

"You know, that Barack Obama is a pretty good president."

Oh really?


7 posted on 02/21/2011 9:31:14 PM PST by I see my hands (You can know the young posters by the desperate optimism in their posts.)
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To: Bean Counter

I don’t know why this should suprise people...The Dems have been making up “Fake People” and having them vote for years!! Now they are just doing it online.......DANG YOU INTERET!


8 posted on 02/21/2011 9:32:10 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Rabin

There was a story last week about the Chamber of Commerce using a security company that followed that game plan in order to neutralize critics.

Isn’t working out too well for any of them.


9 posted on 02/21/2011 9:34:18 PM PST by MurrietaMadman (If it isn't a Party shortcut, count on it mostly going downhill.)
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To: Rabin

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieEkbcVZS19bthkKulCADv3xIRfA?docId=CNG.24d946fd7520b4d46888e004720be99f.9a1

I was watching a Libyan last night. It was obviously full of outside fomenters.


10 posted on 02/21/2011 9:36:55 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Rabin

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieEkbcVZS19bthkKulCADv3xIRfA?docId=CNG.24d946fd7520b4d46888e004720be99f.9a1

I was watching a Libyan feed last night. It was obviously full of outside fomenters.


11 posted on 02/21/2011 9:37:16 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Rabin

It’s good to know that there is a government job waiting for those slacker kids who spend all their time tweeting and posting on FaceBook.


12 posted on 02/21/2011 9:42:26 PM PST by chickadee
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To: Rabin

We need to do the Federal Government what Dave did to the HAL 9000.


13 posted on 02/21/2011 9:44:04 PM PST by microgood
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To: Rabin

I’m sure this has been going on for quite some time.


14 posted on 02/21/2011 9:45:55 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: bgill

And, here is a good description of what this program “computerizes”, at a potentially much lower cost-per-shill!

http://www.learn-usa.com/transformation_process/acf001.htm

I find it disturbing that the government has perused this line of action. I can see where this tool might be pretty useful in the hands of CIA psyops personnel involved in shaping opinions of people in other countries. But this would be a very dangerous tool turned inward. And our public is probably at least as stupid as anyone elses public - at least 50% of ours, anyway.

A supercomputer farm could probably do this undetectably with minimal guidance right now. 15 years from now, a decent sized installation might be able to support hundreds of “conversations” simultaneously and without supervision.


15 posted on 02/21/2011 9:51:05 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: bgill

P.S. I am on a few boards right now, including this one, I think, where there is a person with a screen name of HAL9000. Hiding in plain sight :)?


16 posted on 02/21/2011 9:53:00 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

Affirmative, Dave. I read you.


17 posted on 02/21/2011 9:58:41 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: bgill

“I’m sure this has been going on for quite some time.”

Yes, I understand how you would be so certain of this.

:)


18 posted on 02/21/2011 10:03:29 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Rabin

I’m convinced that this software already exist and is in use. This article is a red herring.


19 posted on 02/21/2011 10:21:25 PM PST by Tempest (I put money ahead of people)
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To: Rabin

Seems kind of silly to bother with software. Don’t they have enough zealots to do that kind of work?


20 posted on 02/21/2011 10:22:10 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: bgill

Seriously, this is pretty scary. It’s like a “force multiplier” for ideas and opinions, good or bad.

But I’m over thinking this. It wouldn’t be THAT difficult to build a crude, but effective version of this program. The computer doesn’t have to emulate a great orator, debater, or thinker, all it has to do is emulate a schlub posting on the Internet. For example, here’s a high-level overview of an emulated Democrat program:

[an opinion is expressed]

The program scans for “conservative keywords.” If any are found...the program randomly chooses among the following responses:

[You are a Nazi.]
[You hate America.]

If a cost savings is detected in parsing the post, the following can also be chosen by the program:

[You hate women and children. You want them to die.]
[You don’t want to invest in the future.]

If “the military” is mentioned...

[you are a war monger]
[you are taking money from women and children]

Because most “bomb-throwers” on boards express “hit-and-run” opinions anyway, a sustained conversation is not needed - the emulated poster disappears and then reappears under a different name.

Because the program emulates an extremely low-functionality person (i.e., a liberal), this could be done right now with existing technology, for example, by a high school student with Curl and PHP knowledge.


21 posted on 02/21/2011 10:29:57 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Rabin

Zombie bump for later..........


22 posted on 02/21/2011 10:32:15 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Tempest

I’m convinced that this software already exist and is in use. This article is a red herring.


23 posted on 02/21/2011 10:33:41 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: icwhatudo

perhaps this software added some new feature


24 posted on 02/21/2011 10:45:49 PM PST by truthfreedom
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To: icwhatudo

“I’m convinced that this software already exist and is in use. This article is a red herring.”

Damn, your programmers are good - down to the typo, or you are a non-US native English speaker (software could be seen as a collective noun):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_noun


25 posted on 02/21/2011 10:59:51 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Rabin

Sounds like David Axelrod’s “astroturf” uprising.


26 posted on 02/22/2011 12:52:08 AM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: Rabin

I’d suspected as much.
It sounds as if it is implying it is a future deployment, but I’d bet it is current.


27 posted on 02/22/2011 2:04:25 AM PST by Darksheare (Dear Interdimensional Monstrosity, I fear our relationship has taken a turn for the worse...)
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To: Rabin
Just go to Digg... totally infested with Left-Wing mindless Obama-bots.
28 posted on 02/22/2011 2:46:25 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: bgill; 1rudeboy

This would explain the surge in protectionist posts we’ve been getting.


29 posted on 02/22/2011 2:57:19 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Rabin

Anyone toeing the big-government line should now be ridiculed as a GovBot.


30 posted on 02/22/2011 2:57:38 AM PST by Nickname
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To: Rabin

they made up a fake president... why not a fake community of people?


31 posted on 02/22/2011 3:10:53 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Rabin
US Gov. Software Creates 'Fake People' on Social Networks to Promote Propoganda

I heard this on Rush yesterday. What happens when one of the "Fake People" have their identy stolen?

32 posted on 02/22/2011 9:30:33 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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