Facebook's social psych experiments tied to the Defense Dept

  • tj85016

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    Jul 02, 2014 4:52 AM GMT
    "In the official credits for the study conducted by Facebook you’ll find Jeffrey T. Hancock from Cornell University. If you go to the Minerva initiative website you’ll find that Jeffery Hancock received funding from the Department of Defense for a study called “Cornell: Modeling Discourse and Social Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes”. If you go to the project site for that study you’ll find a visualization program that models the spread of beliefs and disease.

    Cornell University is currently being funded for another DoD study right now called “Cornell: Tracking Critical-Mass Outbreaks in Social Contagions” (you’ll find the description for this project on the Minerva Initiative’s funding page)."



    scary stuff, just scary

    This is much bigger than just one experiment by Facebook with what appears to be military ties. What this is really about is the frightening reality that these sorts of things are happening every single day, and we have no idea it’s happening. We need to draw the lines as far as to what extent we as a society wish to be data-mined and experimented on by corporations with access to all of our private data. Until we do this, we will continue to be violated and manipulated at will.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 02, 2014 5:54 AM GMT
    I thought the purpose was for predicting / controlling civil unrest. There seems to be a lot of prep for that the last few years.

    If it's such a concern, you'd think they'd tone down the divisive rhetoric. ...."wait..is this real world or exercise?"
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    Jul 02, 2014 6:22 AM GMT
    Why.am I not surprised?
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    Jul 02, 2014 12:13 PM GMT
    Maybe I missed it.

    More likely, I'm mostly immune to crowd hysteria.icon_wink.gif

    What did FB do? Specifically.