DARPA To Develop Technology To Analyze Social Media

Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

A contract proposal from the Defense Department’s research arm DARPA revealed the Pentagon is looking to develop computer algorithms which would mine data from social media websites and use it to track and analyze the behavior of various criminal and terrorist groups (h/t Mashable). In order to understand group dynamics and “forecast trends”, the DOD hopes to understand how a group evolves, interacts, recruits, influences other groups and affect the opinions of individuals and communities.

In phase 1, DARPA wants a system developed which would first track groups and their state changes and research “key indicators” of interactions. In phase 2, the system developed would learn the “dynamics of group behavior and inter- and intra-group interactions in an unsupervised manner,” then achieve a 90% accuracy rate in detecting state changes in 1,000 groups with a combined total of more than a million members with 100,000 postings a day. Phase 3, prototype development, would:

“be of great interest to industrial espionage prevention specialists, law enforcement, market analysts, and polling organizations. This capability would be applicable to a broad range of tactical as well as strategic military operations.”

Read the full post at Diatribe Media.

2 Comments on "DARPA To Develop Technology To Analyze Social Media"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm |


    Darpa are beginning to catch on that the single common denominator underlying all political unrest around the globe is social activity.  I just wish they’d quit beating around the bush and expose the whole canister of omnium.


  2. the all ready have & are using this stuff
    but nonetheless
    the only terrorists they discover
    are the ones they create

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