From: Isaac Koi <isaackoi.nul> Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 22:34:19 +0100 Archived: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 07:05:34 -0400 Subject: MUFON: A "Game-Changing"(?) Project Most of the references to MUFON on this List and other discussion forums during the last year or two have not been very positive. Apart from the posts on various forums by those involved in a power struggle within MUFON and posts expressing concerns about MUFON's contract with Robert Bigelow's company, in the last few days some of us have been entertained/dismayed by footage of MUFON's new International Director (Clifford Clift) on The daily Show on 20 September 2011, which included Clifford Clift participating in a role play with someone dressed up as an alien speaking in a funny voice: http://www.ufoupdateslist.com/2011/sep/m24-008.shtml Anyway, I thought it worth posting on here some news about a couple of more positive developments regarding MUFON. First, on part of MUFON=92s new forum (discussed below) and on several other websites there are (possibly over-hyped) indications of a new website being developed by MUFON and a new app which will, according to one of those involved in developing the project, "revolutionize the public interaction with the UFO phenomena forever" and as having "game-changing implications": http://tinyurl.com/6hhvfd4 http://tinyurl.com/6culhc5 I=92ve become rather wary about such claims, since many people have over-hyped their UFO projects/books/documentaries/seminars in the past. However, I thought some of you might like to know about the project and form their own views on the related claims. At the very least, they show that some people within MUFON appear to be hard at work, rather than just attacking one another and playing politics. The new app has variously been referred to by people within MUFON as "Project Bravo" and "UFO Connect". (It seems that it was originally referred to as "Project Bravo" but the "UFO Connect" label now appears to be more fashionable). MUFON has been apparently been making substantial efforts to raise awareness of the UFO Connect project (setting up a website, issuing various videos and promoting it on its forum, Facebook and Twitter), but I only heard about it very recently. The most informative of the various videos now available, which gives an overview of this project, can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DwjRi8gGcFQQ I note that this video was posted on 3 September 2011, but -- despite all the apparent efforts by MUFON to promote interest in this project -- had only had 132 views in the first 10 or so days (but has jumped in the last few days, since I posted about the project on the abovetopsecret.com forum). The relevant part of MUFON=92s new forum includes the following summary of UFO Connect: http://tinyurl.com/6hhvfd4 [Begin Quote] UFO Connect is a revolutionary mobile application consisting of educational and interactive tools involved in the UFO phenomena. The mobile application consists of free and pay for modules with varying capabilities. This application was constructed for volunteers to help better communicate and educate MUFONs (Mutual UFO Network) primary mission to "The Scientific Study of UFO's for the Benefit of Humanity". in addition the application will revolutionize the public interaction with the UFO phenomena forever.The mobile application consists of three main modules, MUFON Mobil App, UFO Search and Skywatch Alert. [End Quote] The UFO Connect website is at: http://www.ufoconnect.com/ It gives more details of the various modules being developed as part of this "revolutionary" mobile application, in relation to which some pretty big claims are being made. The most interesting item in development appears to me to be the "Skywatch module", the webpage for which includes the following: http://www.ufoconnect.com/index.php/skywatch-module [Begin Quote] What is Skywatch Alert? Skywatch Alert is the UFO Connect's flagship application. This module will revolutionize how the general public, UFO/Skywatcher enthusiast and serious UFO investigator interacts and witness the phenomena we have come to know as UFOs. This application works much like the well known Amber Alert system for missing persons and law enforcement activity. Witnesses of a current UFO event will participate in this by being the source of the Alert. Skywatch Alerts main inspiration cam from the developed from Operation Skywatch, a US Air Force program that enrolled over 1.5 million volunteers to watch the sky for potential enemy aircraft during WWII. The same concept is applied here where potentially several million individuals around the world will contribute to the UFO Connect Skywatch alert system allowing for millions more to witness a UFO event. This application will give the users the power to witness the UFO events as they are happening. Users will be able to not only monitor their preferred customized Alert areas but will also have the ability to alert everyone of a live witnessed event too. Simply the user fills out the report form, takes a picture or video of a UFO sighting and alerts any user in the area of their customized alert preferences. The purpose of these functions is to put the power of disclosure and understanding of the UFO phenomena in the people=92s hands instantly. --- Push Notifications Even when you are not in the app, the setting where you toggle the push notifications to the on position will display a push notification on your mobile devices screen. [End Quote] While I consider this project interesting (hence this post...), I am slightly concerned that a lot of time and real effort is being spent on an alert system which: (a) presumably will require a _lot_ of users across the USA (or the world) to make it worthwhile and I'm not sure this app will get that many people signing up to it (NB the number of people that watched the video about the app prior to my posting about it on a couple of forums was VERY low); (b) may be prone to attract hoaxers. Secondly, I hadn=92t noticed until very recently, but MUFON has restarted its discussion forum. So far, it hasn=92t seen much activity -- particularly by MUFON=92s own members and leadership. Still, the optimisitic view (and I=92m almost always an optimist) is that MUFON will use this forum to improve communication with its members and the wider ufological community. This will require, however, more involvement on that forum by MUFON's members and leadership. Indeed, without that involvement I have doubts as to whether yet another UFO forum is a positve development -- a view I=92ve expressed the MUFON forum itself in a thread entitled "Why create another UFO discussion forum?": http://tinyurl.com/64x3z26 While I=92m not entirely confident of its future, those that have criticised MUFON for not doing various things or failing to be sufficiently open may want to pop across to that forum and raise their issues in the open there -- in the hope that someone within MUFON will respond or at least take some notice of relevant issues. I=92ve started a few threads on there myself in the last few days to see how much of a response I get from MUFON representatives, including: "Statistical analysis of MUFON case reports?": http://tinyurl.com/66wmu52 and "MUFON's Pandora project and famous cases": http://tinyurl.com/677lh2b I=92m currently waiting to see whether it was worth spending time participating on that forum... In any event, I'd like to wish those working hard on this project for MUFON the very best. I hope the claims being made about their work turn out to be justified. All the best, Isaac Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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