It is Super Bowl weekend. For Americans, the championship game of the NFL is a national holiday. Hundreds of thousands of people are flocking to San Francisco this week for the event. Millions of people around the world will be watching the game this Sunday (so much so that a premium 30 second commercial during Super Bowl 50 costs $5 Million). With so much media attention around the event, the safety of the general public always becomes a concern.
Over the last few months, the world has rocked by terrorist attacks. From San Bernardino to Paris, recent events leave terrorism at the forefront of everyone’s mind. This article references a custom cyber-security platform that searches social media sites for keywords that will “indicate threats and help analysts assign risk scores to data.” Simply put, the FBI and other internal organizations are scouring Twitter and other social media platforms for potential terrorist threats. This security program aggregates data and uses computer algorithms to evaluate information on multiple social media platforms.
Separate from this article, Twitter announced on Friday February 5, 2016 that it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid 2015 due to the terrorism promotion (source Bloomberg News).
- We often view social media as a “platform for expression,” yet where is the line in the sand? How can a computer tell the difference between threat and expression?
- Does this cyber-security infringe on privacy rights? The article debates whether this technology is being used to single out people who appear to be Muslim, or if the expanded surveillance capabilities and data collected specifically for the purpose of keeping the Super Bowl safe will continue to be used after the event ends