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Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

An interesting project.  You can find out a lot with a sufficiently large database on social media, including the weather, flu epidemics, and a number of other things.

 

Presumably this isn't just noting known protesters and checking when they call for protests.

 

Of course, there are privacy issues involved here, as well as the dangers of false positive alerts ...


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Re: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

This is yet another example, of what Facebook did with original release of their API, now being sanctioned for self protection purposes?  Where is the ethnicity, and implications of using Machine Learning (ML), and patter recognition, next will come Voice Recognition, Facial Recognition and all the other bells and whistles to go with it.   If they have the funds, to do it is a marvelous research project,  but think of the implications to society - the more we go down this line - the more we look and feel like 1984.

 

Regards

 

Caute_cautim

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Re: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance [Friday]

> Caute_cautim (Advocate I) posted a new reply in Industry News on 10-31-2018 03:48 PM in the (ISC)² Community :

> This is yet another example, of what Facebook did with original release of
> their API, now being sanctioned for self protection purposes?  Where is the
> ethnicity, and implications of using Machine Learning (ML), and patter
> recognition, next will come Voice Recognition, Facial Recognition and all
> the other bells and whistles to go with it.   If they have the funds, to do
> it is a marvelous research project,  but think of the implications to
> society - the more we go down this line - the more we look and feel like
> 1984.

Of course, back following 2001, the government tried to pursue the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. (I find it ironic that, in medicine, TIA stands for multiple, small, short-term strokes ...) After the public uproar over that surveillance effort, the CIA turned to a secret project that would convince everyone to voluntarily provide masses of information to the government, about everything they did. Critics never gave it any chance of success, but it has worked out remarkably well.

The project was called ... Facebook.

(Oh, and autocorrect? Doesn't actually exist. It's just the various NSA total surveillance agents getting tired of you misspelling words all the time ...)

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Re: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance [Friday]

Yes, it was replaced with Google......
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Re: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance [Friday]


@rslade wrote:

(Oh, and autocorrect? Doesn't actually exist. It's just the various NSA total surveillance agents getting tired of you misspelling words all the time ...)


Dang it @rslade, you did it again! Good thing I wasn't drinking anything!

 

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Re: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance [Friday]

> CISOScott (Advocate I)
>  Dang it @rslade, you did it again! Good thing I wasn't
> drinking anything!

 

If I can make one person snort coffee out of their nose, my life has not been in vain ...


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Re: Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance [Friday]

Hot or cold, I think I would prefer sea water to hot Coffee.

 

Regards

 

Caute_cautim