The U.S. Military hired a California company to create software that allows one person to control up to 10 different and sophisticated fake online personas.
The Guardian reported today that United States Central Command (Centcom) doesn’t plan to use the program domestically. Instead, the paper reports quoting Bill Speaks, Centcom spokesman, the military wants to use it in the Middle East and Asia to “counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US.”
The need to protect the internet from ‘astroturfing’ grows ever more urgent The tobacco industry does it, the US Air Force clearly wants to. Astroturfing – the use of sophisticated software to drown out real people on web forums – is on the rise. How do we stop it?
HBGary: Automated social media management is creating an army of sockpuppets, with sophisticated “persona management” software that allows a small team of only a few people to appear to be many, while keeping the personas from accidentally cross-contaminating each other. Then, to top it off, the team can actually automate some functions so one persona can appear to be an entire Brooks Brothers riot online. This confirms that in fact, the US Gov. is attempting to use this kind of technology.