Posted: 8/26/2014 10:45 AM
BY: Elizabeth Harrington August 25, 2014 3:30 pm
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.
The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.
The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”
The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.
“The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly,” the grant states. “Our data will be made available via [application programming interfaces] APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features.”
“The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online,” it continues. “Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”
“This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said.
“Truthy,” which gets its name from Stephen Colbert, will catalog how information is spread on Twitter, including political campaigns.
“While the vast majority of memes arise in a perfectly organic manner, driven by the complex mechanisms of life on the Web, some are engineered by the shady machinery of high-profile congressional campaigns,” according to the website.
“Truthy” claims to be non-partisan. However, the project’s lead investigator Filippo Menczer proclaims his support for numerous progressive advocacy groups, including President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, Amnesty International, and True Majority.
Menczer, a professor of informatics and computer science at Indiana University, links to each of the organizations on his personal page from his bio at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research.
The government-funded researchers hope that the public will use their tool in the future to report on other Twitter users.
“Truthy uses a sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex networks models,” the website adds. “To train our algorithms, we leverage crowdsourcing: we rely on users like you to flag injections of forged grass-roots activity. Therefore, click on the Truthy button when you see a suspicious meme!”
The project also seeks to discover why certain Internet memes go viral and others do not. Funding is not expected to expire until June 30, 2015.
Posted: 8/26/2014 5:06 PM
----Circus and Games! Eat cake! Let the games begin! Put out that fire first.------
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Posted: 8/27/2014 7:54 AM
mudcannon wrote: Neither of you read the article.
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Posted: 8/27/2014 10:46 AM
OlBadger wrote: Yes, aj, we're all out to get you. By you, I mean you, personally.
Posted: 8/27/2014 11:06 AM
AJ wrote: 2.There's no fool like an old fool. ---------------------------------------------
Posted: 8/27/2014 4:37 PM
SkannerDan wrote: You prove that daily. ------------------------------------------------ ajmadison wrote:AJ wrote: 2.There's no fool like an old fool. ---------------------------------------------
Posted: 8/27/2014 5:50 PM
Need a calm, reasoned opinion? You've found your man.
Posted: 8/27/2014 6:00 PM
MuddyDove wrote: There has never been a time in the U.S. (except, perhaps, during the McCarthy travesty) when even the worst buffoon couldn't say the most buffooney stuff. Despite all the hand wringing, that won't change ............. and in my opinion, that's just the way it ought to be.
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Last edited 8/27/2014 6:12 PM by Badgers919
Posted: 8/27/2014 6:35 PM
Badgers919 wrote: Everything you have said about the internet/googling things has been no more than 10 seconds away from proven utter bullshit. You never responded to any of the proof either.Internet is overflowing with bullshit. Case and point: you. You're a babbling brook of pasting internet bullshit.
Posted: 8/27/2014 6:40 PM
Last edited 8/27/2014 6:41 PM by Badgers919
Posted: 8/27/2014 6:41 PM
ajmadison wrote: Like i said, I'll give you a simple task (you're a simple guy).Google: Gobal warming is a hoax.There formerly was 10-15 consecutive articles saying just that and explaining why.Now you get, Anybody who say's Global warming is a hoax is lying or something idiotic like that.
Last edited 8/27/2014 6:42 PM by OlBadger
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Posted: 8/27/2014 7:40 PM
Badgers919 wrote: After i've done it? I've done it several times, on home and work computers, telling you the results and several other members have done the same. All were dominated by anti-global warming perspectives. Not a cricket was heard from you. Funny listening to you ramble on about the conspiracy acting like you know the slightest **** about how the internet or a search engine works. Also, you're just about the only dumbass i know who gets their political information by googling a phrase they want to believe. Seriously?Bottom line with all of this is you are just a giant attention whore who needs to say ridiculous and outlandish things with some kind of shock value hook so people willl look at you. It's sad.
Posted: 8/27/2014 7:47 PM
Posted: 8/27/2014 7:53 PM
OlBadger wrote: In addition, saying that global warming is a hoax pretty much marks one as an idiot, so there's that.
Posted: 8/27/2014 8:07 PM
ajmadison wrote: WOw, i must apologize, it's been changed back, I swear to god (or whomever) that for about 3-4 months it was coming up differently.A huge and welcomed change.I can only hope people like me spoke up.Now, i'll google, Illegal immigrants in the southwest responsible for a very high percentage of violent crime and see if I can get those stats again, they hid them a few months ago also.
Last edited 8/27/2014 8:11 PM by Badgers919
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Posted: 8/27/2014 8:34 PM
ajmadison wrote: Yea, that's why they won't debate the issue
Last edited 8/27/2014 8:35 PM by OlBadger
Posted: 8/27/2014 8:56 PM
OlBadger wrote: ajmadison wrote: Yea, that's why they won't debate the issueOther issues that serious people won't debate: PhlogistonGeo-centric universe4,000 year-old EarthHumans hunting dinosaursEarth, air, wind, and fire as the basic elements
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Posted: 8/27/2014 9:09 PM
Badgers919 wrote: See, this is where your disingenuousness shines brightly. Liberalism is a big business? No. Politics is a big business. Certainly there are no conservative politicians and talking heads who are just rolling in it and milking it for all its worth. People like Rush, Coulter, Palin.. come on!! You are claiming they are in this for anyone other than their bank account which they are laughing all the way to? Their job is to be notorious and profit from it. Obama's wealth pales in comparison to theirs.
Posted: 8/27/2014 9:36 PM
Posted: 8/27/2014 10:08 PM
Badgers919 wrote: Wrong? Do show me whatever I said that was wrong. By the way, what do you think capitalizing LIBERALS, THE LEFT, etc whenever you can does? Politics is big money. Unfortunately many the big players end padding their wealth from less than ideal and ethical doings, but you are acting like this is an exclusively liberal issue? 3 words for you: Military Industrial Complex. Damn, how is it possible to be so brainwashed and biased. I can talk all day objectively about these matters and all you ever act like is your **** don't stink. Open your eyes!