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University to Track Disinformation Campaigns on Twitter

A Truthy diffusion network. (C) University of Indiana

A Truthy diffusion network. (C) Indiana University

From ScienceDaily:

Astroturfers, Twitter-bombers and smear campaigners need beware this election season as a group of leading Indiana University information and computer scientists have unleashed Truthy.indiana.edu, a sophisticated new Twitter-based research tool that combines data mining, social network analysis and crowdsourcing to uncover deceptive tactics and misinformation leading up to the Nov. 2 elections.

Combing through thousands of tweets per hour in search of political keywords, the team based out of IU’s School of Informatics and Computing will isolate patterns of interest and then insert those memes (ideas or patterns passed by imitation) into Twitter’s application programming interface (API) to obtain more information about the meme’s history.

“When we identify a trend we go back and examine how it was started, where the main injection points were, and any associated memes,” said Filippo Menczer, an associate professor of computer science and informatics.

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The Latest Mystery Web Trend: Go Ahead and Google 2204355

Culture-jamming or internet prank? Decide for yourself: call it "bullshit" or "it's really f-d up" in the comments below. WTFMany news outlets are confused exactly what is the point of this video (deal with the '80s Nintendo video game sounds at your own risk). I have tried to figure what the hell this is about, the site Know Your Meme did an exemplar job of why the internet media is even talking about this now, and Matt Zoller Setiz on Salon made a good connection where some of the video was sourced from:
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It’s a Trap! Students Push Admiral Ackbar for Ole Miss Mascot

This story gets my “Meme of the Year” award!

From the AJC:

The campaign for Admiral Ackbar is gaining Internet, if not intergalactic, steam.

Tuesday, Ole Miss students voted to find a new mascot to replace the abandoned Colonel Reb. A student committee to develop and propose a new mascot will be formed soon.

Ackbar, a member of the Mon Calamari species who led the Rebel Alliance ships into the Battle of Endor, appears to be the early favorite. He has more than 14,000 Facebook fans. Websites like notatrap.org — “It’s a trap!” was his famous line — are promoting Ackbar’s candidacy.

“Who wants a Colonel when you could have an Admiral?” the Web site asks, before launching into “The Story of Ole Miss Ackbar.”

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away … Admiral Ackbar received a deep space transmission of SEC coverage. He found that he couldn’t stop watching everything from football to volleyball.

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