U.S. Military and DARPA to Create Software to ‘Combat Fake News’

U.S. Military and DARPA to Create Software to ‘Combat Fake News’

The Defense Department is launching a project to create, test, and ultimately deploy custom software to thwart “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” apparently not having heard of the Streisand Effect.

This, long after the Clinton cabal’s claims that Russia interfered with her election as U.S. President; during a time in media history where Deep Fakes are a thing; during a time when Facebook is using a secretive company (snopes) to weed out “fake news” although the end result is the silencing of conservative voices; during a time when major social media outlets (Google, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, etc.) are on a rampage censoring anything remotely conservative but are continuing to allow criminal speech from extremist liberals. A time when hosts like godaddy, payment processors like paypal, and content delivery networks such as cloudflare drop websites for hosting legal offensive speech.

“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. If successful, the system after four years of trials may expand to detect malicious intent and prevent viral fake news from polarizing society.”

“‘Mirroring this rise in digital imagery is the associated ability for even relatively unskilled users to manipulate and distort the message of the visual media,’ according to the agency’s website. ‘While many manipulations are benign, performed for fun or for artistic value, others are for adversarial purposes, such as propaganda or misinformation campaigns.'”

“The algorithm testing process will include an ability to scan and evaluate 250,000 news articles and 250,000 social media posts, with 5,000 fake items in the mix. The program has three phases over 48 months, initially covering news and social media, before an analysis begins of technical propaganda. The project will also include week-long ‘hackathons.'”(courtesy Bloomberg)

If the government actually had good intentions towards preventing election fraud, why haven’t they re-enacted the Smith-Mundt Act or institute ID laws? Ah, because one rule for them, a different rule for everyone else.

While deepfakes are a clear and present danger, we here at 777 can’t help but note the U.S.’s track record of using their tools for inititally unintended purposes. We already live in a sick idiocracy-1984-brave-new-world mashup. What could a little *more* thought-policing do?