DHS Developing Software to Monitor Opinions of the US

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The New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security wants computer software to monitor negative opinions of the US or its leaders in the foreign press. The official goal is to "identify common patterns... that might be indicative of potential threats." Can software be developed to evaluate the relative intensity of different statements? That's the challenge posed for researchers at a consortium of universities with a $2.4 million grant from DHS.

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Guest:
Eric Lipton - National reporter for the New York Times - @EricLiptonNYT

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Vanessa Romo, Christian Bordal