According to the latest news, DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has new initiative – the Social Media in Strategic Communications project, which goal is to “develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base”.
- Detect, classify, measure and track the (a) formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes), and (b) purposeful or deceptive messaging and misinformation.
- Recognize persuasion campaign structures and influence operations across social media sites and communities.
- Identify participants and intent, and measure effects of persuasion campaigns.
- Counter messaging of detected adversary influence operations.
In order to achieve those objectives, DARPA will use strategies such as: modeling communities, content generation, crowd sourcing and social media bots.