Beware of Federal Internet Snooping

By Lee Bellinger / September 30, 2014

It’s called “Truthy.” Hatched by a team of Indiana University leftists, it has received nearly $1 million in grants from the federal government.

Its stated purpose? To “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution” on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter.
Truthy’s creators boast of using “a sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex networks models.”

If you take to social media outlets to express your political views, avoid using incendiary or threatening language that can be flagged by government-funded Internet monitoring programs. That way you’ll avoid being put on watch lists.

You’ll also be more effective at advancing your cause. No matter how much hate the other side spews, keep your comments civil. You’ll retain the
moral high ground.

With that in mind, you’re certainly welcome to weigh in with your opinions on the news items we post regularly on our Facebook page (facebook.com/
IndependentLivingNewsletter).


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