Feds Funded AI Surveillance Program Targeting Covid Discourse

Jul 24, 2023 | Political News

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences awarded $196,890 to Mississippi State University to fund the creation of an AI-based database analyzing how people used social media to discuss Covid-19.

The program, titled “RAPID: Analyses of Emotions Expressed in Social Media and Forums During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” included funding from the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and was tasked with establishing a “database” of “location- and time-linked record of emotions that may be associated with increased vulnerability to virtual threats” and “answer[ing] fundamental research questions about the linkages of negative emotions experienced during the pandemic with regional variation and socioeconomic status.”