The Weaponization of Social Media

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"Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense expert P.W. Singer and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Emerson Brooking"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781328695741
Characteristics: 405 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brooking, Emerson T. - Author
Alternative Title: Like war


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"Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away." - Publisher's website

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DBRL_ReginaF Feb 14, 2019

It's amazing and, honestly, incredibly frightening, what can be done with the technology these days. Unfortunately, it's up to all of us to inform ourselves and be aware.

Oct 26, 2018

“The evolutionary advantages that make us such dynamic, social creatures—our curiosity, affinity for others, and desire to belong—also render us susceptible to dangerous currents of information.” This book is a good first attempt at understanding how social media is used to manipulate us and what the future may hold. The authors detail the internet's white male history and freewheeling libertarian culture to help explain the cavalier attitude as bad actors arrived on the social media platforms—including bots, terrorists, stalkers, trolls, and pedophiles—and how the focus on profits before people meant a reluctance to accept responsibility and years of turmoil. Oddly, the authors overlook a common sense solution: spend more time in the real world and less time online. The internet, boys and girls, has been compromised.

Some of the vignettes cover gang and ISIS use; the Arab Spring and Eastern European color revolutions; China's Big Brother internet and its creepy social credit system (and why their censors banished Winnie-the-Pooh); Russian electoral interference in U.S. elections and how Facebook especially was and is such a hospitable platform; super-spreaders; citizen investigators; Anonymous; Charlottesville and the Nazis; Gamergate and misogyny; moderation run awry; celebrity and politician spats; how the U.S. and other militaries now integrate social media analysis and scenarios; and the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), which can now pretend to be a real human, create “original” photos, and spin dueling neural networks.

Aug 14, 2018

I have little faith this book will offer much, not only given the author's previous books, but because the weaponization began during the Bush Administration, continuing under the Obama Administration, and probably still ongoing: all those gov't contract bids from the FBI, NSA, CIA, Depart of State, Dept. of Agriculture, et cetera, for // consensus commenting online \\, i.e., trollbots! Add to that the Boeing subsidiary [at least it was last time I check several years back], Narus, who developed early on the program to mine Facebook . . .

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