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2. US Military Manipulates the Social Media

The US military is developing software that will allow it to 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 US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop an “online persona management service” that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to ten separate identities based all over the world. 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 be able to manage false identities from their workstations.

The multiple persona contract is thought to have been awarded as part of a program called Operation Earnest Voice (OEV), which was first developed in Iraq as a psychological warfare weapon against the online presence of al Qaeda supporters and other extremists resisting the US military and political presence in Iraq. This effort proved successful and is now being used elsewhere in the Middle East and beyond with assurances that none of these interventions would happen here at home, as it would be unlawful to “address US audiences” with such technology.

Source:

“Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media,” Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain, Guardian, March 17, 2011.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

Student Researcher: Michael Smith, San Francisco State University

Faculty Evaluator: Ken Burrows, San Francisco State University

Student Researcher: Wend-Kouni Deo-Gratias Nintiema

Faculty Evaluator: Julie Andrzejewski, St. Cloud State University; Mickey Huff, Diablo Valley College

  • guest October 5, 2011

    This article repeats itself.  Take a look.

    • Guest October 20, 2011

      This article repeats itself.  Take a look.

  • guest October 5, 2011

    This article repeats itself.  Take a look.

    • Guest October 20, 2011

      This article repeats itself.  Take a look.

  • Thomas Remme October 5, 2011

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  • Ingsoc October 23, 2011

    Orwell’s 1984 has arrived.

    • Guest January 22, 2013

      nah, we are just noticing it.
      it has been here a long time.
      read about project indect: that is also very fucked up.

  • Ingsoc October 23, 2011

    Orwell’s 1984 has arrived.

    • Guest January 22, 2013

      nah, we are just noticing it.
      it has been here a long time.
      read about project indect: that is also very fucked up.

  • Cjean October 24, 2011

    2 ppl to manage 10 accounts? i know teens that do better than that!

  • Cjean October 24, 2011

    2 ppl to manage 10 accounts? i know teens that do better than that!

  • Dennis Nilsson November 24, 2011

    Changing something bad to something good…

    Then  I should also add some more accounts.  :-)

  • Anonymous November 24, 2011

    Changing something bad to something good…

    Then  I should also add some more accounts.  :-)

  • Sid1 December 2, 2011

    They are using something like this on the Amazon Uk discussion forums. When someone posted something about 9/11 saying that he was a specialist in demolition and the fact & figures on the collapsed buildings did not add up, about 10 people immediately piled in and very aggressively denounced him. I checked their Amazon profiles and they were all minimal profiles, non of them had bought anything or reviewed a product. Yet they had the time to sit from 9 am to 5pm denouncing this poor guy!

  • Sid1 December 2, 2011

    They are using something like this on the Amazon Uk discussion forums. When someone posted something about 9/11 saying that he was a specialist in demolition and the fact & figures on the collapsed buildings did not add up, about 10 people immediately piled in and very aggressively denounced him. I checked their Amazon profiles and they were all minimal profiles, non of them had bought anything or reviewed a product. Yet they had the time to sit from 9 am to 5pm denouncing this poor guy!

  • Francisco Castro December 6, 2011

    Thin is Cjean they do not have the same kind of power that the USA has nor do they listen online to people they dislike, I fisrt read about it only three or four months ago while doing research on the new media and participation in liberal democracies, i thought it was not being monitered as it should given the significancy that this new medium posses.

  • Francisco Castro December 6, 2011

    Thin is Cjean they do not have the same kind of power that the USA has nor do they listen online to people they dislike, I fisrt read about it only three or four months ago while doing research on the new media and participation in liberal democracies, i thought it was not being monitered as it should given the significancy that this new medium posses.

  • Francisco Castro December 6, 2011

    Follow this link for a very informative and educative article on social media and the listening that goverments will engage in, #wikileaks #OMEL its already happening.

  • Francisco Castro December 6, 2011

    Follow this link for a very informative and educative article on social media and the listening that goverments will engage in, #wikileaks #OMEL its already happening.

  • Vishnu Ammas January 1, 2012

    Everything happens for tomorrows perfectness and sustainity!

  • Vishnu Ammas January 1, 2012

    Everything happens for tomorrows perfectness and sustainity!

  • Vishnu Ammas January 1, 2012

    Everything happens for tomorrows perfectness and sustainity!

  • Klaatu March 14, 2012

    No, it would “never be used ‘here'”.  Let’s write a letter to Santa Claus. The empire knows no laws and knows no ethics.  It does prove, however, that the Internet and social media scare the elites, and that is good!

  • Klaatu March 14, 2012

    No, it would “never be used ‘here'”.  Let’s write a letter to Santa Claus. The empire knows no laws and knows no ethics.  It does prove, however, that the Internet and social media scare the elites, and that is good!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • Allanornstein April 18, 2012

    Just read a new book, Wealth vs.
    Work: How 1% Victimize 99%. It’s about the vanishing

    American dream- a shrinking middle class, increased poverty
    and inequality. It’s about a return to the old aristocratic order, a world
    where hereditary privilege and power trump excellence and merit and where
    ordinary people, and those who are less able and less vigorous, are trampled by
    greed, materialism and crony capitalism. It’s about Wall Street vs. Main Street, and
    about the economic decline of labor unions and working people. It’s a gritty
    book!

  • yurbud April 27, 2012

    If you’ve ever been on a discussion board where paid trolls show up, you know that this won’t work.  It is obvious and annoying, but on the plus side, it lets you know the oligarchs are afraid of us talking to each other.

    • Ellen Kaufmann June 7, 2012

      Actually there are not much discussion boards – isn’t it?
      Most good ones I know of, are closed meanwhile.
      I guess they have a new straegy.

  • yurbud April 27, 2012

    If you’ve ever been on a discussion board where paid trolls show up, you know that this won’t work.  It is obvious and annoying, but on the plus side, it lets you know the oligarchs are afraid of us talking to each other.

    • Edgar Kaufmann June 7, 2012

      Actually there are not much discussion boards – isn’t it?
      Most good ones I know of, are closed meanwhile.
      I guess they have a new straegy.

  • Todd May 14, 2012

    the sad thing is this type of stuff works on so many feeble minds

  • Todd May 14, 2012

    the sad thing is this type of stuff works on so many feeble minds

  • George May 17, 2012

    “The approach worked well in Iraq?” Oh yes, the US won the war in Iraq. I heard it from a guy in a discussion group. :)

  • George May 17, 2012

    “The approach worked well in Iraq?” Oh yes, the US won the war in Iraq. I heard it from a guy in a discussion group. :)

  • Ellen Kaufmann June 7, 2012

    Thank you. It confirmed what I already thought and experienced.

  • Edgar Kaufmann June 7, 2012

    Thank you. It confirmed what I already thought and experienced.

  • William Andrews September 18, 2012

    I know in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous,we have a saying from our literature,
    “Our secrets keep us sick”
    Seams like lots of secrets here.

  • William Andrews September 18, 2012

    I know in the rooms of Narcotics Anonymous,we have a saying from our literature,
    “Our secrets keep us sick”
    Seams like lots of secrets here.

  • Adrian September 24, 2012

    That’s just a conspiracy theory, nothing to see here people, go back to sleep, trust Big brother, your government loves you.

  • Adrian September 24, 2012

    That’s just a conspiracy theory, nothing to see here people, go back to sleep, trust Big brother, your government loves you.

  • ozzythaman October 9, 2012

    why try to manipulate view of reality instead of confronting it and adapting with better ways?

  • ozzythaman October 9, 2012

    why try to manipulate view of reality instead of confronting it and adapting with better ways?

  • wqw October 9, 2012

    ever read ender’s game? very similar

  • wqw October 9, 2012

    ever read ender’s game? very similar

  • cecil82 April 27, 2013

    “… is now being used elsewhere in the Middle East and beyond with
    assurances that none of these interventions would happen here at home,
    as it would be unlawful to “address US audiences”….”Ha ha ha! LOL! Now that’s funny, thanks!

  • cecil82 April 27, 2013

    “… is now being used elsewhere in the Middle East and beyond with
    assurances that none of these interventions would happen here at home,
    as it would be unlawful to “address US audiences”….”Ha ha ha! LOL! Now that’s funny, thanks!

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