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posted by n1 on Tuesday August 26 2014, @04:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the most-of-twitter-to-be-flagged dept.

The National Science Foundation is funding the “Truthy” database, intended to detect “false and misleading ideas,” "political smears," and other "social pollution” in online political activity. Researchers at Indiana University have received $919,917 (so far) for this project. The resulting open-source platform will be made publicly available, including via a web service open to the public for "monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes.”

According to the grant, “This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate."

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 26 2014, @09:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 26 2014, @09:46PM (#85932)

    Centuries earlier, we could have nipped that unpopular, suspicious, meme of a non-geocentric universe in the bud. And stopped that nonsense with Galilleo's Inquisition trial.

    Even better, we can keep thought-crime away from the subject of human bio diversity, heritability of traits including intelligence, and other things that are double-plus ungood.