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Computer scientists say meme research doesn't threaten free speech

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 6, 2014
U.S. House lawmakers go viral over information diffusion study funded by the feds.

The controversy over Truthy is just another sign of ongoing deterioration between the science community and lawmakers over basic research funding as well as the science itself.

Climate science researchers, in particular, have been on the defensive with lawmakers. Smith, for instance, dismissed the just-released United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warning about the impacts of climate change on the planet, as "re-packaged rhetoric." (See IPCC report PDF.)

The Truthy project is not sitting back and letting the lawmakers' attacks turn into memes.

It is offering its own defense, and writes in a blog post: "The Truthy platform is not informed by political partisanship. While it provides support to study the evolution of communication in all portions of the political spectrum, the machine learning algorithms used to identify suspicious patterns of informa


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