The U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD's) Defense Advance Projects Research Agency (DARPA) has launched the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program, which aims to develop new ways to use social media sites to help it utilize technology for military missions.
DARPA says it wants to use social media on an emerging technology base, focusing on mobile devices, which will be crucial to how social media can help the military. "The conditions under which our armed forces conduct operations are rapidly changing with the spread of blogs, social networking sites, and media-sharing technology, and further accelerated by the proliferation of mobile technology," says a Broad Agency Announcement posted on the FedBizOpps.gov Web site.
Social media can help the DOD better understand the environment in which it operates and use the information to support its missions, according to DARPA. The SMISC program aims to detect, classify, measure, and track how ideas are formed, developed, and spread over social media. The program also wants to develop recognition of persuasion campaign structures and influence operations across social media sites.
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