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Special Ops Command eyes prototype system to spot misinformation

They would call this a BS-detector back in my youth. But there was no internet, cell phones or social media in my youth.

So now we need technology to help us sort through the vast volume information that swirls around us. With that in mind, the U.S. Special Operations Command is exploring ways to use commercial technology to spot disinformation campaigns in near to real time.

SOCOM is looking to prototype a way to understand “the information environment that can detect misinformation, disinformation and mal-information campaigns,” the command wrote wrote in a new sources sought posting.

This includes spotting so-called deep fakes and foreign influence.

SOCOM wants a system that can be cloud-hosted with a user interface that provides context. The software also will provide processing and be able to analyze multiple social media and web data sources. It needs to dissect and categorize the information.

The command wants the software to identify viral and trending content for threat assessments and score the data with a ranking system that highlights the likelihood of the information being fake or deceptive.

The prototype will use a combination of deep learning, natural language processing and dynamic network analysis to spot and examine disinformation in multiple forms such as video, images and text. The solution also must address anomaly detection, deep fake, foreign influence and anticipatory analytics.

SOCOM also wants the system to improve over time by incorporating user feedback and adapt to changing tactics by adversaries.

Responses to the RFI are due Jan. 13. The Notice ID number on Beta.Sam.gov is H92404-20-0005.

I tried putting a link directly to Beta.Sam.Gov but when I tested it automatically defaulted to the homepage because I was logged out. Here is the link again, in case you have better luck.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Dec 12, 2019 at 9:59 AM

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