DARPA seeks AI proposals to measure how repressive regimes control information – MeriTalk
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks innovative research concepts on how repressive regimes suppress the free flow of information.
Through an artificial intelligence (AIE) exploration opportunity, DARPA invites submissions of research concepts “in the technical field of large-scale network measurement to detect information control.” The total value of the award for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 option will be $ 1 million.
DARPA said it is increasingly common for countries to censor, block or impede the free flow of information – whether through text, images or apps and protocols. allowing free communication.
“There is a need for comprehensive real-time tools that establish a truth on the ground about how countries conduct national news monitoring,” the IEA said. “This capability would allow the Department of Defense to strengthen existing efforts by the United States government to help reduce law enforcement actions in cyberspace by raising awareness (and setting standards) or developing tailor-made capabilities to combat these. repressive actions. “
According to DAPRA, the effort “will develop algorithms and open source software prototypes” that will measure how authoritarian regimes suppress information on a large scale through censorship, blocking or limitation.
Proposals should discuss AI approaches to achieve IEA goals and address the following topics in their prototypes:
- The aspects of the information environment that they will address or the technical information control capacities that they seek to characterize;
- Scope and granularity of the measure;
- Where and how they will collect the information;
- Methods of tracking changes in the information environment over time;
- End user / analyst presentation, to include output data formats that will allow easy dissemination and analysis; and
- Reasoning on how current end users of Internet freedom can directly use the proposed technologies developed as part of the information control environment measurement.
Proposals are due June 30, with allotments made under the other trade authorization.