Does this bother anyone else? We are slowly losing our freedom of speech and become more like 1984. It's words on a screen, why do people get so upset over it? And detecting subversive propaganda? Don't speak out against the govt or trash either party or you may be investigated is what I see there. I'd love to know what they consider a suspicious meme. They say they will only track information, yeah right.
Thoughts on all this?
"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.
“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.