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(Conservative Treehouse) — If you have not read the background, you will not have the appropriate context to absorb the latest revelation about how the Department of Defense will now conduct online monitoring operations, using enhanced AI to protect the U.S. internet from “disinformation” under the auspices of national security.

Gee, who would have predicted that U.S. internet operations would suddenly have a totally new set of enhanced AI guardians at the gateways?

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Read carefully from The Defense Post:

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has contracted New York-based Accrete AI to deploy software that detects ‘real time’ disinformation threats on social media.

The company’s Argus anomaly detection AI software analyzes social media data, accurately capturing ‘emerging narratives’ and generating intelligence reports for military forces to speedily neutralize disinformation threats.

‘Synthetic media, including AI-generated viral narratives, deep fakes, and other harmful social media-based applications of AI, pose a serious threat to U.S. national security and civil society,’ Accrete founder and CEO Prashant Bhuyan said.

‘Social media is widely recognized as an unregulated environment where adversaries routinely exploit reasoning vulnerabilities and manipulate behavior through the intentional spread of disinformation.’

‘USSOCOM is at the tip of the spear in recognizing the critical need to identify and analytically predict social media narratives at an embryonic stage before those narratives evolve and gain traction. Accrete is proud to support USSOCOM’s mission.’

But wait, it gets worse:

The company also revealed that it will launch an enterprise version of Argus Social for disinformation detection later this year.

The AI software will provide protection for ‘urgent customer pain points’ against AI-generated synthetic media, such as viral disinformation and deep fakes.

Providing this protection requires AI that can automatically ‘learn’ what is most important to an enterprise and predict the likely social media narratives that will emerge before they influence behavior.

Now, take a deep breath; let me explain.

The goal is the “private sector version.”  USSOCOM is the mechanical funding mechanism for deployment, because the system itself is too costly for a private sector launch. The DoD budget is used to contract an AI system, the “Argus anomaly detection AI,” to monitor social media under the auspices of national security.

Once the DoD funded system is created, the “Argus detection protocol” – the name given to the AI monitoring and control system, will then be made available to the public sector. “Enterprise Argus” is then the commercial product, created by the DoD, which allows the U.S.-based tech sectors to deploy.

The DoD cannot independently contract for the launch of an operation against a U.S. internet network, because of constitutional limits via The Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the powers of the federal government in the use of federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States. However, the DoD can fund the creation of the system under the auspices of national defense, and then allow the private sector to launch for the same intents and purposes. See how that works?

Reprinted with permission from Conservative Treehouse.