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U.S. Gov't Software Creates 'Fake People' to Spread Message via Social Networking

February 19, 2011, Fox News
http://nation.foxnews.com/culture/2011/02/19/us-gov-t-softwa...

The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites. Private security firms employeed by the government have used the accounts to create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.

The contract calls for the development of "Persona Management Software" which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer. The software enables the government to shield its identity through a number of different methods including the ability to assign unique IP addresses to each persona and the ability to make it appear as though the user is posting from other locations around the world. The document describes how they would 'friend' real people on Facebook as a way to convey government messages.

Note: To read the government contract for "Persona Management" software, click here.

another headline for this story:

Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people
February 18th, 2011, The Raw Story
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/revealed-air-force-ord...

a new caveat has come to light: not only did they plot to help destroy secrets outlet WikiLeaks and discredit progressive bloggers, they also crafted detailed proposals for software that manages online "personas," allowing a single human to assume the identities of as many fake people as they'd like.

"There are a variety of social media tricks we can use to add a level of realness to all fictitious personas,"



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Attention all Techies

we need to counter this. If you are a techie form a group quietly and combat this. Anonymous where are you?

Remember in wiseguys when

Deniro said "what did I tell about talking on the phone"- well this is why I never joined facebook.

I joined Facebook, but with entirely fake info.

It's just a bad idea to put your information out for anyone in the world to grab.

You & the "Free Press" finally agree.

"It's just a bad idea to put your information out for anyone in the world to grab." - Sempiternal, 2011

Glad I lived to see the day.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Disinformation story!

This is disinformation... they have done this long ago. The news even carried the stories of the hiring of infiltrators from the colleges during the 2008 campaign.

The KGB has had a department specializing in every known religion the world over, for years! The story will distract again from the need to get going on the nomination battle! Another tactic!

Wake up DP, and enough already of the distracting stories!

Where are the genius strategies to seize the precincts for Paul?

Well........

"Where are the genius strategies to seize the precincts for Paul?"

Since you asked, this seems pretty brilliant.
But it sounds like jabowery is a better "thinker-upper" than a "doer".
(BTW, that in no way diminishes the potential benefits of his technique.)
Maybe someone could help get this implemented?

http://dailypaul.com/158147/ron-paul-campaign-predicted-in-1...

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The Virtual Conspiracy

Thank-you for your response!

Few, even on DP, seem interested, let alone prepared, to begin the serious process that WILL be required in order to take the nomination. If those who support liberty and a Paul type presidency spend their time discussing every Tom Dick and Harry story or disaster that comes down the pike, we MOST CERTAINLY will see a repeat of 2008!

Since you responded in exactly the needed vein, I will tell you what we have been working on... When we announce a successful process along this avenue I will of course shout it to the world of Ron Paul supporters.

The old saying which is often repeated, "... a tireless minority willing to light brush fires of liberty in the minds of people...", has far more meaning than one at first might realize. Brush fires of liberty, is the key phrase when it comes down to the most efficient approach to working within one precinct! To light every blade of the grassroots would require as many patriots walking a precinct nearly as there are electors within that precinct... that is an untenable solution and a nearly impossible task if every one of us began today 24 hours per day until the 2012 election! It is not going to happen though all efforts are recommended and commendable.

How to light a brush fire in the minds of the electorate, who live in a particular precinct, is the subject of our current investigations... in fact, since the 2008 election. It might not be that hard.

A brush fire is something that once lit, spreads due the fuel available and the conditions conducive to combustion. A book, yes a book so designed to be very simply and briefly read. It would encapsulate the best of painful aspects facing that particular precinct, easily signed or responded to online, then easily passed on by the reader to their neighbor, following the path of precinct addresses listed in the book! If it caught fire, it would perform the much-needed task of the proverbial brush fire!

I heard this from a former delegate, a strategist for Ron Paul in Washington State. Just consider the impact in time and space covered if a booklet of durable and precious content to the readers caught the fancy, the interest, and excitement of each precinct elector, who with renewed interest in the election process sought to influence his own personal precinct by this means. Regardless of bumps and bruises, the concept is workable. The obstacles need working out, for every precinct is unique... which makes the project intriguing.

More later...

It probably has happened already, big time.

I remember the days when Ron was running for president. At youtube or other places where one could give your opinion, you would often find some hit-and-run style little dismissive messages like:

"This is such crap... Ron Paul lost his marbles long time ago."

or:

"Jeez... I really hate his supporters. They're so full of S***"

I imagined how cheap it would be to go to India, hire two high school dropouts for $200 / month and let them produce them. The cost would be a few cents per message, the kid wouldn't even have to go through the whole article or video clip. Consider the efficiency. It's easy to read a one liner, and the psychological effect might be the same as some long analysis. Like: "oh my, this guy is so fed up, he doesn't even want to go into details anymore!".

Also interesting is Hannity, confronted with people dailing for Ron. His first thought was that someone was dailing the number over and over again. This might be because he knows the general strategy.

Satellite Terrorism -

in America.

On C2C now.

http://www.satweapons.com/

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica

I have sensed there was a few

I have sensed there was a few on here recently.

The trollbots are so annoying. I wonder if they ever have internet flaming with each other without knowing that the other one is a gov't trollbot.

As a matter of fact, I've actually seen that before.

I've seen a bot respond to a bot, and neither replies had anything to do with the topic, nor each other!

OK...

But since Gooooogle is a known CIA front, and using its algorithms the government can predict the future (reportedly with 99% accuracy), unless they have factored this "fake persons" program* into the equation, they have just created the world's biggest feedback loop.

Methinks we should all drop what we're doing and get government jobs tightening this loop into one untie-able knot (AKA a cluster#@$%)... hehe

(*Isn't that all our current system is anyhow, what with the STRAWMAN and all...? But I digress...)

Now who is going to rule the online polls?

With all these new fake online identities it will be easy to manufacture online poll results to whatever you want. Can't wait to see how this morphs into voting.

Ah, but perhaps we can combat

Ah, but perhaps we can combat it by all getting the software and multiply our poll spamming efforts.

Online Polls

Online polls will now be like election polls...easily manipulated.

more psy-ops

What about the laws that prohibit the use of psy-ops against American citizens? Isn't this what Lt. General Caldwell is in trouble for?

NJ

This will be used

to discredit ALL of the ACTUAL dissidents. There's no limit to their deception.

Sent this to all of my bubble headed

family members who have facebook accounts and just don't understand why I am so paranoid.... needless to say, I don't bother waiting for any responses any more.

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTNf4YhEs

Breaking! Watson groomed for Fed Chief!

"Jeopardy prowess is the perfect mix of trivia and banality we need in a program manager for the Federal Reserve," confided a bank investor off the record.

"Ole Ben is good, but he's cracking under the pressure. Watson holds to all the same inane economic dogmatism without our investors being concerned that ole Ben will go soft."

"The taxpayers win big, of course. Watson can be shut down when Congress is not in session." Besides he winked, "Resistance is futile."

Sorry. no link

Free includes debt-free!

This is just another reason why we need a different...

... method for rating posts on DP.

As I have tried to explain before, the software used by Netflix etc. to predict which movies a person would like can also be used to "bump" posts that we are most likely to find helpful/interesting/informative, etc.

Whether it was a random troll, a flood of Gingrich moles, or an army of spambots launched by the political establishment; it wouldn't matter (except maybe to overload the server).

They could could "Up" or "like" their own or each others' comments/posts all they want and the only thing it would do is raise the ratings on their OWN list!

In the meantime, "good" posts would continue to be rated higher on our personal priority list. We wouldn't have to continually "bump" good posts just to make them visible.
And we would be a lot less likely to miss a good post just because we weren't logged on at the right time.

Michael would still be able to "front page" posts, and individuals could still opt-out to experience the DP forum raw; but at least it would give the rest of us a choice, a tool, for improving our DailyPaul experience.

I would be happy to explain this at greater length or even start a separate thread if enough people are interested.

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The Virtual Conspiracy

They cannot help but to proclaim their position.

So they are self-outing, and a waste of taxpayer's money on any self respecting forum.

I do see your concern as valid. Time will tell.

Free includes debt-free!

I don't believe this story...

First, it seems highly unlikely a computer program can take on the persona of a real-life hu00010010 01101100 10010010 01011010 11100110 11101010 01101001 11110110 10011000 00011010 00001011 11110111 01100010 01010001 11010101 11101100 00010010 01101100 10010010 01011010 11100110 11101010 01101001 11110110 10011000 00011010 00001011 11110111 01100010 01010001 11010101 11101100 00010010 01101100 10010010 01011010 11100110 11101010 01101001 11110110 10011000 00011010 00001011 11110111 01100010 01010001 11010101 11101100 *fatal error*

If men are good, you don't need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don't dare have one.

They will create a million friends on facebook and social networ

Just what is a fake person on the Internet nowadays?

It could be someone voting in a poll.

It could be a someone signing up for a friend on facebook.

It could be spammers making the same post or a simmular random generated post in multiple forums and formats.

It could be someone taking an online survey.

It could be a bot programmed to slow down websites with IP addresses from all over the net, like a DDOS attack.

It could be a bot that would build websites and have them come up quickly to show support for a candidate.

All this would be to manipulate data so that the outcome would more likely be in their favor, we hav said they were in the stone ages when it came to the internet, now they attempt to modernize their psyops onto us in this way.

We must learn to recognize, block and expose these fake people. This is a war on the people of these United States of American and we are paying for it with our own tax money.

This is just another fatal use of our tax dollars by the regime in charge.

This is the cyber war they predicted and are creating to manipulate how the internet is viewed in the sheeples eyes.

WARNING FOR 2012: Fake people prop up the puppet candidate.

We must be very concerned about this for Dr. Paul's potential 2012 presidential bid. Paul received so much attention for his internet presence in his last bid, I'm sure the opposition will aim their cross-hairs on his internet success in 2012 by marginalizing it with fake people in support of the puppet candidate.

My thoughts too.

It seems like it may have been done already to a more limited extent in 2008. Even then there were waves of what seemed like nonsensical people spamming Youtube, Digg, and comment sections.

They're not up to computer fake-people (ala ELIZA)

(But give them time.)

The computer programs in question are for providing computer assistance for humans pretending to be multiple people. They include databases to help them keep the personas straight and consistent, networking assistance so they appear to be posting from consistent sets of distant and scattered locations, online background for the fake people (so a search won't find evidence that they're fake), and so on.

But the postings are apparently made by the people themselves. (I wonder if they also have grammar / word choice / spelling / emoticon use / layout style checker/tweaker software in the suite? It wasn't mentioned in the article.)

This sort of stuff has been going on for a long time, including in online discourse since it was invented.

Back in the days of BBSes you'd have "pseudoperns" (pseudo-persons - extra i.d.s, some of which were for posting under an alias). Terms used later include "sock puppet" (a fake advocate spouting a party or corporate line), "astroturf" (fake grass roots - posting under a plurality of sock puppets to convince others that a product or position is popular), and the netnews catchphrase "If he didn't exist we'd have to invent him." (for refractory trolls who would consistently {and apparently honestly} make the opposition's bogus arguments, making the debate flow by creating opportunities to refute them and doing a more convincing job of it than a sock-puppet raising strawmen).

And this is hardly a technological phenomenon. Letters-to-the-editor from fake people and calls for discrediting actions from agent provocateurs are as old as newspapers and mobs.

All that's new here is that 1) the government is using software tools to support a sock-puppet/astroturf operation and that 2) their request for bid for the software tools got them caught at it.

BECAUSE it's not new, people are ready for it and used to discounting it. The software will make it more manpower-efficient and harder to expose. But manpower for dirty tricks has never been an issue for governments or political parties.

And an astroturf operation is of limited utility in fighting an opposition movement, such as the Liberty Movement. It is simply assumed that the bulk of the population is unenlightened (or corrupted) and work needs to be done. Faking extra unenlightened heads will have little effect. Peer support doesn't require your group to be majority. It just requires finding a FEW other people that think the same way. Making up a bunch of voices for an opposing viewpoint won't break that. All it will do is make opposition groups work harder, and maybe delay action slightly while they increase their strength further.

= = = =
"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

It's called PROPAGANDA. The

It's called PROPAGANDA. The Communists did it. The Nazis did it. Should it surprise you that our politicians would do it?

This is called CREATING THE APPEARANCE OF POPULAR SUPPORT. It is used to neutralize opposition.

Fascism

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Will Hannity be given the pink slip?

If the government lays off the probably thousands of people they hired to be trolls on the chatrooms and forums and replace them with lo-maintenance spambots, then that's a tax payer savings.

But knowing the government, the trolls will be given jobs in Obamacare at higher federal pay grades.

Another good outcome is that maybe Sean Hannity will be cut loose from the army payroll. After ten years of selling war, death, mass murder, and ecological poisoning to the American people as "freedom", maybe the spambots can take his job, and Rush's and Levin's, too.

Millions in unmarked black-ops funds can be saved without having to pay the warcons for their hot air. Let's face it. Any robot that can clean a living room carpet surely can sit on the air three hours a day every single day and say the same thing over and over and over, WITHOUT getting multi-million dollar bonuses from the generals.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"