US Government to Deploy Surveillance Software to Monitor Social Media
It has been reported recently that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has partnered with AI tech firm Fivecast to employ social media surveillance software. This Orwellian-style technology is designed to detect “problematic” emotions of social media users and report them to law enforcement for further action.
The details of this dystopian partnership were revealed in a post on pjmedia.com, where it was stated that Outlet 404 discovered various Fivecast marketing documents through FOIA requests. These documents highlighted the software’s utility for law enforcement. The CBP has allegedly spent millions on this software, which uses artificial intelligence to detect sentiment and emotion in online posts.
What’s more, the CBP told 404 Media that it is “using technology to analyze open-source information related to inbound and outbound travelers who the agency believes may threaten public safety, national security, or lawful trade and travel.” Fivecast also offers ‘AI-enabled’ object recognition in images and videos, and detection of ‘risk terms and phrases’ across multiple languages.
While there’s no denying the importance of national security, one can’t help but shudder at the potential implications of this development. What could go wrong? If the government is going to use surveillance software to scrutinize our sentiments and emotions on social media, and then determine if they are “problematic,” how else will it use it? Who determines what is “problematic,” anyway? It seems that any sentiment, emotion, or thought that doesn’t align with the agenda of the elites seeking control is deemed problematic.
This should send a chill down the spine of every American who values individuality, independence, and freedom. It’s a stark reminder of the power the government wields and the lengths it will go to maintain control.
So, what can we do about this? The answer is simple: refuse to be a subject. Stand up for your rights. Let our sentiments and emotions be clear. The powers that be shouldn’t have no right to treat the Constitution—and the people it was designed to protect—as an infant treats a diaper.”