Ask Not What Facebook Can Do For You, But What Facebook Can Do For Your Country…

Beatrice Hat Situation RoomGranted some memes will be more interesting to the Pentagon than others. David Streitfeld reports in the NY Times:

The Pentagon is developing plans to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as both a resource and a weapon in future conflicts. Its research and development agency is offering $42 million in funding to anyone who can help.

Social media will change the nature of warfare just as surely as the telegraph, the radio and the telephone did, and the Pentagon is fearful of being caught short. Some of its goals were laid out in a document being circulated among potential researchers and is to be presented at a briefing on Tuesday in Arlington, Va., at the offices of the military contractor System Planning Corporation.

As social media play increasingly large roles in fomenting unrest in countries like Egypt and Iran, the military wants systems to be able to detect and track the spread of ideas both quickly and on a broad scale. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is soliciting innovative proposals to help build what would be, at its most basic level, an Internet meme tracker …

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  • Old Soul

    Right, so just one more system of control. One more way to counter dissent and turn all movements against the system(no matter how valid their positions may be) into pointless ineffectual talk. Hooray! 

  • Anarchy Pony

    Right, so just one more system of control. One more way to counter dissent and turn all movements against the system(no matter how valid their positions may be) into pointless ineffectual talk. Hooray! 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    >As social media play increasingly large roles in fomenting unrest in countries like Egypt and Iran, the military wants systems to be able to detect and track the spread of ideas both quickly and on a broad scale.

    Yeah, ya wouldn’t want Homelanders using social media to overthrow the government would ya?.

  • BuzzCoastin

    >As social media play increasingly large roles in fomenting unrest in countries like Egypt and Iran, the military wants systems to be able to detect and track the spread of ideas both quickly and on a broad scale.

    Yeah, ya wouldn’t want Homelanders using social media to overthrow the government would ya?.

  • Curumim

    It was the will of those people that made the revolutiom in Egypt not the social networks!!! They where being oppressed during decades intil they coundt take it anymore!!! The only help tha USA give to this revolution is by supporting that stinking dictator and dont give any choice to the egyptian people besides fight back!!! Stop robbing the egyptian people from its credit!!! No one needs USA!!!! No one never asked the help from USA!!! The only help USA give to Egypt is by givin weapons to Mubarak opress its own people!!! Internet was only a comunication means to report and organise the revolution not the center of it. The center of the egyptian revolution was and aways will be the egyptian people!!! The kind of help USA gives to the world the world dont need it!!!!

  • Curumim

    It was the will of those people that made the revolutiom in Egypt not the social networks!!! They where being oppressed during decades intil they coundt take it anymore!!! The only help tha USA give to this revolution is by supporting that stinking dictator and dont give any choice to the egyptian people besides fight back!!! Stop robbing the egyptian people from its credit!!! No one needs USA!!!! No one never asked the help from USA!!! The only help USA give to Egypt is by givin weapons to Mubarak opress its own people!!! Internet was only a comunication means to report and organise the revolution not the center of it. The center of the egyptian revolution was and aways will be the egyptian people!!! The kind of help USA gives to the world the world dont need it!!!!

  • Curumim

    It was the will of those people that made the revolutiom in Egypt not the social networks!!! They where being oppressed during decades intil they coundt take it anymore!!! The only help tha USA give to this revolution is by supporting that stinking dictator and dont give any choice to the egyptian people besides fight back!!! Stop robbing the egyptian people from its credit!!! No one needs USA!!!! No one never asked the help from USA!!! The only help USA give to Egypt is by givin weapons to Mubarak opress its own people!!! Internet was only a comunication means to report and organise the revolution not the center of it. The center of the egyptian revolution was and aways will be the egyptian people!!! The kind of help USA gives to the world the world dont need it!!!!

  • 5by5

    LOL. What ever are they going to do with people like me who aren’t twits enough to tweet, and couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Facebook fashion victims.

    Just like the DOD to hop on a trend once the wave has already passed.

  • 5by5

    LOL. What ever are they going to do with people like me who aren’t twits enough to tweet, and couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Facebook fashion victims.

    Just like the DOD to hop on a trend once the wave has already passed.

  • Dmitry

    Don’t waste the $42 million.  I’m already being social media’d to death. Mission accomplished.

  • Dmitry

    Don’t waste the $42 million.  I’m already being social media’d to death. Mission accomplished.