This is not the sort of thing that you expect to see in a “free society”
2/20/11 *UPDATE* For a bit of insight into this mess read Kirby Plessas of Kirbstr’s Brain take on it. (Hint-The CEO of HBGary, Aaron Barr is a dirty dog and an arrogant one who got his comeuppance to to boot!)
US Gov. Software Creates ‘Fake People’ on Social Networks to Promote Propaganda
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.
Check the handiwork of HBGary and Palantir in a powerpoint originally named “The Wikileaks Threat” which I am giving a new name to- GET WIKILEAKS and their little friends too!