Re: a unique identifier is surely a username not a password?
indeed more like a db-assigned numeric id which is akin to a username. Its goal is identification not authentication (i.e. validation of identity). There's so much wrong with this brief it boggles the mind. Best of luck to weev's lawyer.
I heard that oxygen was the preferred inhalant of terrorists. In fact, vast swathes of terrorists use oxygen directly to further bomb making, grainy video production, and training others in bomb making.
Yes, well, keep in mind that you're dealing with inferior people equipped with inferior minds there: they presume that just because they're stupid enough to join facebook et.al. that everyone else is equally stupid. It never penetrates their dim consciousness that superior people don't do such things, therefore -- as you say -- they presume that those who don't are lying.
This is the only part of your post I'm not sure I agree with. I think this product is much more "low hanging fruit with a well-targeted marketing campaign designed to play on the fears of people in specific positions". Geo Listening are not dumb. They've made a product that they predicted a market for, and they were right. Unless they're lying about something I'd say they were smart. If you can turn writing "a perl script to coalesce RSS feeds and push them through a keyword filter" into large government contracts, good for you. Stupid for the school board and the taxpayers, but good for you. The rest of your post is spot on.
The test of this program (not Geo Listening, but the entire program as instituted by the school board) will be how they respond to the grey area posts and the things require sensitive handling (e.g. depression and suicidal posts).
As you say, given their approach to date, I'd hazard the odds are not good.
I don't feel an ounce of pity for Gibbs. He helped propagate the Prenda nonsense knowingly, he only turned on them after they burned him. While I'm glad Prenda is starting to fall apart, and Gibbs is finally being less untruthful, it's motivated by self-interest, there's nothing altruistic or noble about what he's doing.
Yes, like the time the Illuminati in conjunction with the Thule Society tried to introduce a mind control serum into the water supply and were only stopped at the last minute by a courageous young boy and his rascal of a dog.