Morlock Elloi on Wed, 29 May 2019 07:44:14 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Adam Entous: How Israel Limited Online Deception During Its Election (The New Yorker)

It seems that we are collectively failing to perform 'Turing test' on virtual entities. The difficulty of distinguishing between actual and virtual humans is a testament to fundamental inadequacy of so-called 'social' networks. Or maybe it's a feature, pigeonholing humans into restrictive templates that can be easily mimicked by virtual constructs.

A more interesting question is ... WTF is 'fake persona'? How can electronic representation be a fake persona? As opposed to what? With 'fake news' meaning 'unauthorized propaganda', do 'fake personas' mean 'unauthorized influencers'?

The use of fake online personas has a long history in Israel. In the
mid-two-thousands, an Israeli company called Terrogence used them to
infiltrate suspected jihadi chat rooms. Later, Terrogence experimented

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