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IvySys Technologies Awarded DARPA Contract to Detect Global Disinformation Campaigns

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Company Extends Advanced Analytics Capabilities to Support SocialSim
Program

IvySys Technologies, an advanced software engineering company, announced
today that it has been awarded a Phase 2 Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) contract for up to $1.5 million, dependent upon
successful completion of milestones, by the US Army Contracting Command
for support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Information Innovation Office (I2O) Computational Simulation of Online
Social Behavior (SocialSim) program.

"As recent geopolitical events have evidenced, we need a new approach to
accurately analyze and predict the spread of global online information
at-scale," said Dr. James A. DeBardelaben, President and CEO of IvySys
Technologies. "IvySys will bring forward our proven big data and
advanced analytics capabilities as we partner with DARPA to confront
this rising challenge."

The goal of the SocialSim
program
is to develop innovative technologies for high-fidelity
computational simulation of online behavior. The program will support
efforts to analyze strategic disinformation campaigns by adversaries and
advance other critical missions in the online information domain.

The way online information shapes understanding and influences outcomes
of events in the world has been a hot-button topic recently. Today's
openness of global information enables anyone to freely self-publish
online with no editing, fact checking or accountability. At the same
time, the new paradigm of information creation and flow provides
nation-states and nonstate actors the opportunity to deliberately spread
deceptive and inaccurate information throughout the globe without
detection.

Under the three-year contract, IvySys plans to deliver quantitative
predictive models that capture the dynamics of how information trending
in one online domain penetrates into another. IvySys' approach will
exploit the fact that orchestrated misinformation campaigns produce
different spreading patterns than naturally-occurring information
behavior to enable early detection of inauthentic online behavior.

Having worked with DARPA since 2006, IvySys is now combating these new
threats by extending its extensive signal processing-based advanced
analytics capabilities, honed in the signals intelligence (SIGINT) and
measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) domains, to the big data
and social network analytics domains.

About IvySys Technologies

IvySys Technologies is an advanced software engineering company
specializing in automated solutions for critical intelligence analysis
and threat awareness for U.S. national security agencies and the
Intelligence Community. As an R&D innovation partner to the U.S.
Government's most advanced research and development agencies, IvySys is
a leader in advanced analytics, modeling and simulation, information
sharing, and interoperability of intelligence systems. Founded in 2005,
IvySys is a Small Disadvantaged Business located in Arlington, Virginia.
For more information, visit www.IvySys.com.

The views, opinions and/or findings expressed are those of the author
and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or
policies of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

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