Skip to comments.Was The Department Of Defense Behind Facebook’s Controversial Manipulation Study?
Posted on 07/06/2014 11:59:49 AM PDT by dalight
... The Professor of Communication and Information Science, Jeffrey Hancock, who Mr. Rosen mentions above, has a history of working with the U.S. military, specifically the Minerva Institute. ...
A US Department of Defense (DoD) research program is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar program is designed to develop immediate and long-term warfighter-relevant insights for senior officials and decision makers in the defense policy community, and to inform policy implemented by combatant commands.
Launched in 2008 the year of the global banking crisis the DoD Minerva Research Initiative partners with universities to improve DoDs basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US. SCG News has written one of the best articles I have seen yet on the links between the Facebook study and the Department of Defense. It notes:
In the official credits for the study conducted by Facebook youll find Jeffrey T. Hancock from Cornell University. If you go to the Minerva initiative website youll find that Jeffery Hancock received funding from the Department of Defense for a study called Cornell: Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes. If you go to the project site for that study youll find a visualization program that models the spread of beliefs and disease.
Cornell University is currently being funded for another DoD study right now called Cornell: Tracking Critical-Mass Outbreaks in Social Contagions
So it seems that Facebook and the U.S. military are likely working together to study civil unrest and work on ways to manipulate the masses into apathy or misguided feelings of contentment ...
(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...
This seems to be about using Facebook in foreign countries to affect the outcomes of events, but as we saw with the NSA, a government who sees its citizens as potential enemies can quickly repurpose this sort of capability.
Part of the birthing process of a police state... notice they’re looking at American citizens... Does that mean free citizens are the enemy? Homeland and Defense would say, ‘no’... but their actions tell a different story.
“..but as we saw with the NSA, a government who sees its citizens as potential enemies can quickly repurpose this sort of capability.”
History repeating itself. Oppressive governments always operate in a cloud of paranoia.
Why does the page say, “Page Not Found”?
Good question.. I don’t know how to fix. Here is the link.
Inject untruths and vicious rumours
Into the heads of social network frequenters.
No nasty residue like LSD..
Several of their publications say “yes.”
Thanks, that worked.
Arab Spring was simply version 1.0 of civil unrest via social media...they just know that US and EU are much more sophisticated users of social media and they will have to be a bit more subtle.
How belief spreads. It changes every time the page is refreshed.
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
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Facebook will use the data and techniques in every upcoming election, too. This ain’t just “social unrest dynamics”, remember Obama’s Office of Nudge?
nothing to see here.....we are sooooo screwed
Truth is, unless something changes, Facebook is so over. They may, but their brand was damaged by the fact that the kids are leaving in droves and the oldsters don’t use it the way that it was designed. I look for Facebook to wither away in a few years like AOL. Not gone.. but half forgotten.
But, it is the use of these techniques on Google, Bing and other search engines that could be really problematic.
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