DARPA Targets Social Media to Root-Out Enemy Disinformation and Propaganda

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March 27, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: March 27 on

U.S. military researchers are asking industry for new ways of using computer simulations to study how information spreads online via social media as a way to neutralize enemy disinformation and propaganda.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) issued a solicitation Monday (HR001117S0018) for the Computational Simulation of Online Social Behavior (SocialSim) program.

SocialSim is looking for new ways to use computational simulation to study the spread and evolution of information in the online environment — without pinpointing unique bits of information that could compromise personal privacy.