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Intelligence Community Developing AI Tool to Unmask Anonymous Writers

The program will also be used to scramble linguistic patterns, making it impossible to crack the identity of authors that they wanted to keep under lock and key…

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The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has announced they are developing an AI tool to unmask anonymous writers.

A press release on Tuesday from the ODNI revealed that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), their research and development arm, is starting work on the Human Interpretable Attribution of Text Using Underlying Structure program – HIATUS for short.

“Humans and machines produce vast amounts of text content every day,” with “text containing linguistic features that can reveal author identity,” a document from IARPA notes. The HIATUS tool would therefore use AI to identify anonymous writers via features such as “word choice, sentence phrasing [and] organization of information.”

“Think about it as like your written fingerprint, right?” program manager Dr Timothy McKinnon said in February. “What characteristics make your writing unique? So the technology would be able to identify that fingerprint compared against a corpus of other documents, and match them up if they are from the same author.”

McKinnon said that the AI program would be used by the intelligence community to track “disinformation campaigns,” and combat “human trafficking and other malicious activities that go on in online text forums.”

In the same vein, HIATUS would be able to detect whether text was not authored by a human, but generated by another machine.

The second use of the HIATUS program is to hide the identity of authors that it wanted to keep under lock and key. Using the same system, HIATUS could rewrite and modify text so that those same linguistic fingerprints in a text could be scrambled, making it impossible to attribute authorship.

With AI models that use deep learning, they often function as a “black box,” where the AI works perfectly well, but their methods are undecipherable to the human eye. HIATUS will be designed differently, implementing “explainable AI techniques” so that human operators can understand why it has identified a text as having a certain authorship, so that no mistakes are made.

20 different contracts have been awarded as part of the HIATUS project, including to groups such as Raytheon, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Univeristy of Southern California.

“We have a strong chance of meeting our goals, delivering much-needed capabilities to the Intelligence Community, and substantially expanding our understanding of variation in human language using the latest advances in computational linguistics and deep learning,” McKinnon concluded.

According to the timeline provided by the ODNI, the project will take at least three and a half years to conclude before the intelligence community will be able to use it, if it is successful.

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    Zachary Trainor

    September 30, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I thought all this time they already knew who I was. I know no fear but the fear of God. I know I have every right to my opinion and to express them. Get a life.

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    September 30, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I wonder if they tested it on McChrystal Group’s propaganda postings.

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    not sure

    September 30, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    This was accomplished long ago.

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    Bill Meyer

    September 30, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Oh, using HIATUS to track “Disinformation” campaigns? Translation: “Anything the establishment agenda-pushers disagree with”.

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    October 1, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Satan appears to be in control of the present US Government.

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    October 1, 2022 at 5:32 am

    organize your thoughts and speak them methodologywise whilst utilizing words suchwise discordantly confusional to hatusian midwit algorithms.

    what did i do there?

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    October 1, 2022 at 11:34 am

    If you can’t find a job in the real world the CIA/NSA/DIA etc will hire you. They hire mostly morons with a brain the size of a gerbil.

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    October 1, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Now that we know about it what is being done?

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