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Government to monitor the web for "truthiness"

 
Government to monitor the web for

What could possibly go wrong?

From the Washington Free Beacon:

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.

As if this isn't disturbing enough... apparently we're naming government monitoring programs after Comedy Central now.

“Truthy,” which gets its name from Stephen Colbert, will catalog how information is spread on Twitter, including political campaigns.

Disturbing AND embarrassing! Nicely done.

“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.

Of course he is.

Because "non-partisan" actually means "progressive."

Well, it didn't take long for the Twitter Machine to get cranked up on this...

 

  

  

    

  

  

  

 

 Here is a live feed of the #Truthy hashtag....

 

 

 

 

 

 

How positively Orwellian, really.

If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened — that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past,' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' 

 

 

 

 

 

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