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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Anyone can read it, no doubt about that. What would be the value in monitoring a site like this tho? I really don't think there is anything to be gained.
    I'd agree. I doubt the moderators would allow a lot of anti-government rhetoric and threats to flourish on here. So unless they're really bored, doubt they'd come here. Still, who knows what goes on in the basement? (I never go there)

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    WOW! This is interesting. Although they say it is not used for U S sites, I wonder do they really limit it to that. Perhaps they might share this technology with DHS.

    The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

    A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

    The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

    The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

    The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations "without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries".

    Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: "The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US."

    He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.

    Centcom said it was not targeting any US-based web sites, in English or any other language, and specifically said it was not targeting Facebook or Twitter.

    Once developed, the software could allow US service personnel, working around the clock in one location, to respond to emerging online conversations with any number of co-ordinated messages, blogposts, chatroom posts and other interventions. Details of the contract suggest this location would be MacDill air force base near Tampa, Florida, home of US Special Operations Command.

    Centcom's contract requires for each controller the provision of one "virtual private server" located in the United States and others appearing to be outside the US to give the impression the fake personas are real people located in different parts of the world.

    It also calls for "traffic mixing", blending the persona controllers' internet usage with the usage of people outside Centcom in a manner that must offer "excellent cover and powerful deniability".
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    http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...ocial-networks

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Just report possible threats/threatening posts and let the moderators take it from there. Zero tolerance.

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovebug View Post
    Just report possible threats/threatening posts and let the moderators take it from there. Zero tolerance.
    Of course. But the question is should the government monitor a site like this. I think it is a waste of time.

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by paddymcdougall View Post
    I'd agree. I doubt the moderators would allow a lot of anti-government rhetoric and threats to flourish on here. So unless they're really bored, doubt they'd come here. Still, who knows what goes on in the basement? (I never go there)
    I don't blame you for not going there. From what I can tell people go there to hurl insults at one another.

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    What do you think?


    No doubt they already do. Also your emails, and every other electronic communication you engage in. Have been for quite some time; expanded greatly in the last decade as well.

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    What do you think?

    What makes you think they don't?

    And you can bet the political forces are watching, measuring trends etc., learning the talking points
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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    No doubt they already do. Also your emails, and every other electronic communication you engage in. Have been for quite some time; expanded greatly in the last decade as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    What makes you think they don't?

    And you can bet the political forces are watching, measuring trends etc., learning the talking points
    Don't you think its a waste to monitor a site like this for threats?

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Don't you think its a waste to monitor a site like this for threats?


    A waste? Perhaps, perhaps not. Unconstitutional? Almost certainly.

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    Re: Should the U. S. Government Monitor DP For Potential Threats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    A waste? Perhaps, perhaps not. Unconstitutional? Almost certainly.
    Why unconstitutional? It's just like reading letters to the editor in the newspaper.

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