DHS Creates Database To Track Journalists, Bloggers, "Media Influencers", Calls Critics "Conspiracy Theorists"

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to track the vast networks of journalists, bloggers and other "media influencers" through a massive, searchable database that will allow them to monitor "any and all" trends in real time, according to a publicly posted job listing. 

Apparently the NSA doesn't share their toys with DHS... 

The DHS "Media Monitoring" initiative is currently seeking a contractor who can provide DHS with the ability to track over 290,000 global news sources in more than 100 languages - including online, print, bradcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, traditional news sources and social media platforms. 

“Services shall provide media comparison tools, design and rebranding tools, communication tools, and the ability to identify top media influencers,” according to the job call, in order to help DHS agencies fulfill "a critical need to incorporate these functions into their programs in order to better reach federal, state, local, tribal, and private partners."

The department's "Statement of Work for Media Monitoring Services" requires the following: 

Online & Social Media Monitoring

Ability to track global online sources for coverage relevant to Washington and the six media hubs:
•    Ability to track > 290,000 global news sources
•    Ability to track online, print, broadcast, cable, radio, trade and industry publications, local sources, national/international outlets, traditional news sources, and social media
•    Ability to track media coverage in > 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Translation function to instantly translate these articles to English.
•    Ability to create up to 20 searches with each unlimited keywords
•    Unlimited coverage per search (no cap on coverage)
•    Ability to change the searches at keywords at any given time
•    Ability to create unlimited data tracking, statistical breakdown, and graphical analyses on any coverage on an ad-hoc basis

Database of journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers, etc.

The chosen contractor must be able to develop a "password protected, media influencer database" which can perform searches in various languages, and present contact details and any other information that could be relevat, including publications that this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous cvoverage published by the media influencer." 

Media Intelligence and Benchmarking Dashboard Platform    

The vendor must provide a specialized "Dashboard" for DHS to use which will provide them with a specialized search engine, real time monitoring, analysis and benchmark of media coverage (how viral something is going, for example), geographical spread, and top influencers.

24/7 Access to a password protected, online platform for users to access:
•    Overview of search results in terms of online articles and social media conversations
•    Customized and Interactive Dashboard that provide real-time monitoring, analysis, and benchmark of media coverage.
•    Ability to analyze the media coverage in terms of content, volume, sentiment, geographical spread, top publications, media channels, reach, AVE, top posters, influencers, languages, momentum, circulation.
•    Ability to select time-period of analysis: per day, week, month, and selected dates
•    Ability to build media lists based on beat, location, outlet type/size, and journalist role
•    Automated weekly overview of these dashboards sent via email

Mobile App

DHS also requires access to a "password protected, mobile app" allowing access to all of the collected metrics and monitoring information.

No word on whether DHS has commissioned a database of MSM connections to establishment politicians, but we're sure that's on its way. 

DHS calls critics "conspiracy theorists"

In response to what many suggest are Orwellian monitoring of media influencers, DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton issued a response on Friday which justifies the program's legitimacy and alleges that the project's goals are "standard practice." 

"Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tinfoil hat-wearing, black-helicopter conspiracy theorists," added Houlton. 

Absent blindly trusting Houlton, we've been given no indication as to how the Trump administration - or future administrations, might use the massive tracking database. The Bloomberg article points to the Senate's recent interest in designating Al Jazeera as a foreign agent " because it “often directly undermines” U.S. interests with favorable coverage of Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria," however we're sure the U.S. government could monitor specific platforms-of-interest without a massive database of every outlet's past and present body of work.

Comments

WarPony BennyBoy Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:27 Permalink

Guy says "fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists."

That's ME you cocksucker! I've seen so many damn black helicopters patrolling US skies it would make your tiny little stupid ignorant pea-size brain (and I am being generous here) to explode.  How do these ((( idiots ))) get in power!?

You mean like these black helicopters asshole?

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/black-helicopters-army-says-dont-worry/

Or these, you freaking douchebag'?

http://phasezero.gawker.com/obama-admits-there-are-black-helicopters-1713038795​​​​​​​

 

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Silverlok hedgeless_horseman Sun, 04/08/2018 - 13:44 Permalink

Spooks use to be very , very interested in the 'influencers' at " http://www.abovetopsecret.com/ " .

It's like a dive into the deep end of the 'have tin foil hat will travel' pool, but the crowd sourcing nature of the news site collection occasionally produces some interesting signals throughout the noise.

Don't know it is still a big watch word for the alphabet soupers.

Here is a fun fact to get you started ( in case you want to post something on ats ); The concept for video game, ' Half-Life ', was inspired by the story of the supposed underground Dulce Military Base and the in game guard character "Barney" was a based on Thomas Edwin Castello .

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NeedtoSecede Stopdreaming Sat, 04/07/2018 - 16:09 Permalink

Back in the 2010-2012 years my business life at the time was closely aligned with the gun business.  I began commenting on a couple of industry forums.  Nothing crazy, mostly comments urging others to not trust anyone (blue team or red team) from .gov.  Also a healthy dose of encouragement for gun businesses to move out of gun-hating states like CA, IL, NY, MA etc.  After several months I was actually becoming “an influencer” on a forum or two.

The only social media I have any presence on is LinkedIn.  And within weeks of my “influencer” status being recognized I started getting all sorts of connection requests and messages from all sorts of strangers from all sorts of .gov agencies.  The icing on the cake were a couple douchebags from The Personnel Office of The President of the US.  WTF?

This shit is already happening (as others have already commented), and the tyrants are busily building there lists of those of us who value Liberty more than the slavery they have in mind.  Good luck to all, there are dark days ahead...

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Maghreb Stopdreaming Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:01 Permalink

I think there were real black helicopters but they ran a psy-op that was designed to discredit the idea. The media often pushes an idea in fiction or comedy to create an illusion that people are just repeating stuff they saw in the media. The weirder argument is that the ideas actually come from the movies inspiring military operations.  Something to do with the collective unconscious helping the operations along. You notice the military propaganda has an element of ridiculousness that actually encourages the troops and boosts morale.

It works in reverse with fear of the weapon shifting the worldview with stuff like atom bombs shifting global power. it is the White mans Vodoo to build wonderful things, use them to intimidate people and then become afraid of them when someone else has one. 

The fact the U.S military has become far less effective means the psychological control system is all that is left in play. Fucking black helicopters all got sold off or crashed it's just the nightmares of the Black Helicopter keeping people up at night. Once in awhile drones and black ospreys will show up to keep the dream of tyranny alive.  

 

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ThePhantom SWRichmond Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:23 Permalink

total information capture .... a picture captures a moment in time, a video captures a short period of time (with visual and audio) ... with the IOT (internet of things) we want total capture of everything you do, permanently...from every device or sensor you pass or come under... an absolute indisputable record of your life. to be used against you .   

so did the jews just walk into the gas chambers?

-so will we .

the disparity in power from top to bottom will invite obscene abuses.. its only natural . based on the Stanford prison experiment.. those who find themselves with imense power over others naturally abuse that standing. enjoy.

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gdpetti Endgame Napoleon Sat, 04/07/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

Do as I say, not as I do... besides, all these OWO puppets are exceptionally expendable, so let them enjoy the party before it ends. Meanwhile the BS continues... one op after the  next, and since this latest in Britian is exposing the pedophilic leaders there as totally inept, we need a new one, no?

Remember that school shooting in Florida?

OPERATION HOGGWASH: No Death Records for the 17 Parkland Victims

 

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=168405

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swmnguy Bes Sat, 04/07/2018 - 18:28 Permalink

What they're doing in general is making what they already have admissible in court.  Remember the San Bernardino shootings, and how the FBI tried to force Apple to decrypt the guy's iPhone?  They didn't need what was on it, and I'm certain they already had it.  They just wanted to set a court precedent that they had a right to have the contents of his phone, for later application.

I'm sure DHS has access to everything NSA has, which is everything.  They're just looking to gain a proprietary right to it.

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