Pentagon Wants a Social Media Propaganda Machine | Danger Room | Wired.com
Defense Department extreme technology arm #Darpa unveiled its Social Media in Strategic Communication (#SMISC) program. It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. SMISC has two goals. First, the program needs to help the military better understand what’s going on in social media in real time — particularly in areas where troops are deployed. Second, Darpa wants SMISC to help the military play the #social_media #propaganda game itself.
(...) SMISC algorithms will be aimed at discovering and tracking the “formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes)”