Govt Funded 'Human-AI' Social Media Surveillance During Covid

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation awarded nearly $70,000 to three universities in 2020 for a collaborative research grant titled “Human-AI Teaming for Big Data Analytics to Enhance Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

According to documents reviewed by The Federalist, the NSF allocated $24,498 to Brigham Young University; $24,266 to George Mason University; and $20,262 to the University of Texas at Austin for the project.

“Social media data can provide important clues and local knowledge that can help emergency managers and responders better comprehend and capture the evolving nature of many disasters,” the project’s abstract states. This funding enabled researchers to study how artificial intelligence algorithms can help authorities track, and potentially act on, American’s online speech.

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