Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You and 10 others like Planned Parenthood

Or just consider it the 21st-century equivalent to the ruling class's vote early - vote often.

The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.

The contract calls for the development of "Persona Management Software" which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. The job listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week.

According to the contract, the software would "protect the identity of government agencies" by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer.

The software enables the government to shield its identity through a number of different methods including the ability to assign unique IP addresses to each persona and the ability to make it appear as though the user is posting from other locations around the world.

Included in HBGary's leaked emails was a government proposal for the government contract. The document describes how they would 'friend' real people on Facebook as a way to convey government messages.

It's probably a good indicator of just how popular statist policy positions are with the general public, especially after they receive a good airing, that the ruling class feels compelled to manufacture or at least attempt to manufacture a completely bogus cyber-consensus.

3 comments:

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Can I laugh that a firm that is working on social engineering technology, and is shocked that an air force base they can't spell has 112 females who admit to living there, got hacked?

(Two minutes of looking around found two different official sites for the place, and a minute or two more tells me that they have an over 300 unit temp lodging complex-- this is NOT a tiny or "secret" base.)

Seems like a rather slimy place.

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Oh, *bleep*. This base has over 35k folks on it. PDF

And they're amazed to find less than a hundred and thirty?

K T Cat said...

Awesome.