DARPA tool would track social media propaganda

Algorithms would discover and follow ideas and concepts

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to build a tool that can spot emerging social media propaganda campaigns on the Internet so that they can be countered before they gain traction, reports Adam Rawnsley at Wired’s Danger Room blog.

DARPA announced July 14 its Social Media in Strategic Communication program, which will seek to help the military better grasp what is going on in social media in real time, and also help the military engage successfully in social media propaganda itself, according to the blog.

The research agency believes the means to the end will come through deploying algorithms that will discover and track “the formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes) on social media," DARPA said in its solicitation.

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