I've decided to publish a report on Global Guerrillas topics (a PDF and/or podcast interview) via Patreon. This report will allow me to dive a good bit deeper into a dangerous topic than would be possible with a post alone. It will also provide a way to get some discussion going again (not possible in an open forum).
Articles from Global Guerrillas
The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is over. It was a seminal event. It...
Social networks abhor vacuums. They fill them with conspiracies.
The Las Vegas terrorist attack is a good example of this. Why would a mild mannered accountant suddenly become a terrorist? What was the motive? So far, there is no evidence to explain why.
Facebook just declared war against "disruptive" information. In addition to hundreds of new human censors, they are training AI censors capable of identifying and deleting 'unacceptable' information found in the discussions of all two billion members in real time. This development highlights what the real danger posed by a socially networked world actually is.
Facebook, with a COMPLETE social graph, becomes more than an advertising platform. It becomes an arm of government.
Some random items of interest:
Here's a framework for understanding how social networking is changing US politics. It's raw, simple and (hopefully) useful.
The political parties and the media aren't the primary actors in the US political system anymore. Increasingly, politics is being waged online by networks. A fight between two powerful and very different online social networks (I gave them names that are both descriptive of how they operate and easy to remember):
Charlottesville wasn't a standard protest. It was a social blasting cap. An open invitation to a public fist fight between the left and right. A fight orchestrated to create widespread social disruption. A fight the police didn't want to referee. A fight that was allowed to escalate for hours.
Some items of interest: