Big Brother and Fake Peopleby Jonathan DuHamel on Feb. 25, 2011, under technology
It appears that the Federal government, or at least the U.S. Air Force, is seeking computer software to create fake people for propaganda purposes. Federal contract #RTB220610, Persona Management Software:
Software will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographically consistent. Individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries. Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the user’s situational awareness by displaying real-time local information.
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 intent is to create fake people to post on social network sites for propaganda purposes. So, is this the electronic equivalent of dropping propaganda leaflets, or is it something more ominous? See full story here.
Chicago election officials take note.
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