Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Washington's Blog: Cyber Warfare: You're Living It!

I really enjoy Washington's Blog. Before providing an excerpt from his very well written and source-referenced blog, I'll relate my experiences with cyberwarefare.

I learned firsthand about cyber war this summer while participating in enews forums and while posting comments at major news sites such as CNN.

I, an academic who can write without using inappropriate language or terms, was banned from Propublica, the New York Times, and had a comment removed from CNN (though the removal failed to eradicate the reply to my comment, which now illustrates the operation).

What do you think these comments were about? Fukushima radiation.

At enews regular users found that trolls assumed the regular users' names/passwords and posted strange and inappropriate content.

Enews was also subject to regular out-right troll attacks and there are still users I suspect being embedded trolls.

It is unbelievable what is happening.

I use my real first name because there is no anonymity on the net and I believe in what I write. I believe in the 1st Amendment.

However, I am beginning to fear that those who love surveillance may love taking the game yet one step further...

Now read what Washington's Blog Has to Say...

Pentagon Seeks to Manipulate Social Media for Propaganda Purposes

Wired reported on Friday:

The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it.

On Thursday, 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.

This is more than just checking the trending topics on Twitter. The Defense Department wants to deeply grok social media dynamics. So SMISC algorithms will be aimed at discovering and tracking the “formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes)” on social media, according to Darpa’s announcement....

read the entire article with its intact links (which didn't make it over) at the link above...

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