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Trolls lead way for government to identify anonymous internet users

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posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 02:46 AM
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Trolls lead way for government to identify anonymous internet users

I don't think this has been posted on ATS yet, at least not in this context; my apologies if it has.

BBC Article: Language experts to help identify internet 'trolls'



University researchers are developing a system to help identify people who are behind offensive comments posted on the internet.



Linguistic experts at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) are working with police and child protection agencies to develop an automated system to recognise language patterns.



Claire Hardaker, lecturer in linguistics and English language at UCLAN, said: "Everyone has a unique way of writing, of putting certain words together, which is subconscious.



"Someone might be pretending to be someone else, but by analysing the way they write online, we can determine a probable, age, gender - even a probable region from where they come from.

"In its simplest form, people use different words for things - for example a bread roll. Some people would say a tea cake, some people would say a barm - it is these sort of elements that help to narrow down a search."



Researchers at the university in Preston will spend the next year working with Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police, as well as the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), to develop a linguistic profiling system.

Ms Hardaker said: "The analysis process is currently done by hand by a linguistic specialist manually analysing online text. "We are looking to develop an automated computer system to analyse the different components of written text.

Notice how they use the pedophile argument to justify the removal of everybody's freedoms. This is a common tactic which was recently brought to light where politicians and the like guilt trip you into supporting these disgusting laws/methods by saying stuff like "you are either with us or with the pedophiles".


"If the police have a suspect paedophile, for example, we can work with them to help to identify whether different posts across different sites were actually written by the same person."




I don't know about you but I see this as being fairly important news.
It is hardly surprising and I would expect that some agencies or corporations are already using similar technology.

The internet is one of the last true places of freedom we the people have left, just look at how many people it has helped awaken and the truth it has spread about corruption, wars, the monetary system and stuff like that.
I don't want to think of what it would be like if we lost it.
I know for a fact it would become a lot harder to fight problems in our society that people can only talk about and expose on the internet.

It seems fairly obvious to me that a technology like this would not just be used for what they say it will be. I mean we have all seen how they are cracking down on people now on the internet.


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posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 03:02 AM
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To me this is one of those things where it could be used for good, but there are also dark uses....and we all know how that conflict ends. The bad out weighs the good in this case.

I will say this, It would be good to stop online bullying. Especially if it's someone targeting someone they know using a dual account as another person...It's just scary that's not the only type of use for this.
S&F OP



posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 03:03 AM
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lets just be good little children whilst they control interest rates so you lose your home and look at what you are saying to your friends or relatives on the web the analogy i can come up with is the old lady who drops the eggs from her shopping basket bends down to pick them up and drops the oranges and on it goes where are they going to stop snooping into our lives if we all got out of the web where would that leave them and above all WHO are they ?????





posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 03:35 AM
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C U L8R lol

^Thats how the latest generation speaks, this tech could prove very hit and miss, especially with the globalisation of the worlds communications. At increasing rates, countries worldwide are adopting new catch phrases, just like the 'cowabunga dude' of the late eighties early nineties. As we narrow our linguistic diversity, I can see their algorithms starting to flounder.
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posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 03:42 AM
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sounds like total BS, disguised as scientific research, designed to eat up a good chunk govt funding.

reminds me of Phrenology.

this could not possibly be considered real evidence in any actual trial involving adults with common sense... take that as you wish.
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posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 04:01 AM
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Whats cool about this is that you can also use the same features to disconfukulate them nice and proper.
A few carefully misplaced words will throw that right off. It'll only work untill people become aware of it.


 
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posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 04:39 AM
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So maybe we should identify some one these trolls and phome the "see something say something" and say thry are terrorists, lol.

The NDAA will ensure they disappear forever



posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 04:41 AM
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Would just like to add trolls and shills are disgusting people.



posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 04:41 AM
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internet censorship is getting so ridiculous i swear... its cute how they always use some ridiculous negative example (pedophiles) as a way to generate interest in something that is complete crap and would otherwise never have any momentum behind it



posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 07:08 AM
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put your government on a leash soon, or it will just eat you.



posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 08:14 AM
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Originally posted by Qumulys
C U L8R lol

^Thats how the latest generation speaks, this tech could prove very hit and miss, especially with the globalisation of the worlds communications. At increasing rates, countries worldwide are adopting new catch phrases, just like the 'cowabunga dude' of the late eighties early nineties. As we narrow our linguistic diversity, I can see their algorithms starting to flounder.
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Sure, you can dismiss the science of analysis in this particular area, but you are dead wrong. Take your "cowabunga dude" reference. That off-the-wall term supposedly taken as a name tag by a person tends to show location. time period and sex. Balanced against the whole of all messages captured for that person, a very accurate estimate can be made when all detected attributes are assembled into a profile, some will be very subtle ones will be only detected by a series of algorithms that have absolutely no meaning to the human eye/mind. In other words, no psychologist will need to personally review your file to know you. A machine will have already done that simple task.



posted on Mar, 17 2012 @ 08:20 AM
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Sounds like pseudoscience BS babble to me. Sad thing is the courts allow pseudoscience BS babble, and the jury usually listen the their pseudoscience BS babble experts as if they know what they are talking about.


And another thing.... Define troll.... I have been accused of trolling before for as little as having an opposing opinion on an issue. The troll card is catching up to the race card these days

edit on Sat, 17 Mar 2012 08:23:14 -0500 by TKDRL because: (no reason given)



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