June 28th, 2012, 06:45 AM #1
TIL: The Pentagon Is Building a Reddit KnockoffTIL: The Pentagon Is Building a Reddit Knockoff | Danger Room | Wired.com
By Robert Beckhusen
For years, the military has struggled over what to do about social media. One response has been to create dull, Pentagon-controlled versions of popular websites Facebook and YouTube. Now the Pentagon is preparing to launch its own version of Reddit, in another small step in the military’s quest to strip the fun out of everything on the internet.
It’s called Eureka, and it’s supposed to be a rough analogue to the ginormous social news site where users vote on which content rises to the top — or which content falls to the bottom — of user-generated feeds. (Disclosure: Wired and Reddit are both owned by Advance Publications.) Though Eureka looks to be a much more restricted and focused variant. Instead of choosing to upvote or downvote, well, anything that’s not blatantly illegal, troops will vote on “ideas,” according to Lauren Biron of Defense News.
Eureka will be part of milSuite, a set of social-networking tools that live on DoD’s NIPRNet, which contains sensitive but unclassified information or content for official use only.
MilSuite includes milWiki, milBook, milTube, and milBlog, military-focused and firewall-protected versions of Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube, and a news blog based on WordPress, respectively. They are also online repositories to store knowledge that might be lost during the drawdown of troops and eventual exodus of leadership.They say technology slows down for no one. I know it outruns my wallet. I figure its because my wallet isn't light enough yet.
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