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anon4907420659
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anon4907420659,
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11/7/2014 | 7:57:45 PM
Re: Here we go again...
The Truthy project is fairly benign, and the critics don't really understand it.  It has nothing to do with monitoring controversial speech, that isn't the point.

But there is certainly room for criticism.  This is just one of many research projects like this, and the implications are chilling.  This is part of a new science spawned by social media, and one of the goals is to understand how viral memes propagate on social media.  Once the science of viral memes is understood well enough, there will exist a powerful tool for the mass manipulation of unwitting pawns.

This is going to advance the science of advertising greatly, and believe me when I say that science is involved in advertising.  But at the same time, this also increases the power of propaganda to quite scary levels.

Social media is not the harmless and convenient tool it pretends to be.  It is a tool of mass analysis for lives both private and public, and it will ultimately be a tool of mass manipulation.
danielcawrey
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11/7/2014 | 1:01:06 AM
Re: Here we go again...
On one side, this seems like an interesting project to understand the virality of things on the internet. 

On the other, I can see how people might get bothered by the implications of this. But there are likely private government projects that are already looking into this.

Maybe the whole hoopla here is to raise awareness about the potential government has to conduct serious data mining on internet activities. Because I have to think these Truthy researchers are harmless. 
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nasimson,
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11/6/2014 | 10:00:20 PM
happy conclusion to the sad development
There can be a happy conclusion to the sad development. A conclusion that both parties find satisfactory.

A committee can be setup that approves all the government & semi-government use of this tool. Membership of this committee can be from both parties. This way the tool can be developed. The anti-public usage attempts will be filtered.
KennethS926
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KennethS926,
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11/6/2014 | 3:17:04 PM
Here we go again...
Why is it that people who have the worst understanding of science and technology are the first to pass value judgements on those issues? It scares me to think that such technologically illiterate people can have so much power over our technological future. 


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