Computer program uses Twitter to ‘map mood of nation’

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There is huge potential (for good and bad) with such a program. It is a lock that pollsters will employ this technology in the immediate future. Likewise the same for authorities. There’s a good chance the government is already using such tools. It’s logical that they would be.

That the government can now develop a general heat map of political discontent is of concern. Of course this technology can be applied by citizens as well and may have positive possibilities we haven’t even thought of. Yet another reason we must protect the freedom of the Internet vigilantly.

(From The BBC)

The team, from the university’s new Centre for Information Management, say the system can extract a direct expression of anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise, shame and confusion from each tweet.

The academics said that using the Emotive software to geographically evaluate any mass mood could help police to track potential criminal behaviour or threats to public safety.

It may be able to guide national policy on the best way to react to major incidents, they added.

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