The Weaponization of Social Media

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Named a Best Book of the Year
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Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, "Twitter wars" produce realâe'world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. War, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battle space that plays out on our smartphones.

P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mindâe'bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war.

Delving into the web's darkest corners, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world.
Publisher: Boston : Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
ISBN: 9781328695741
Branch Call Number: 302.231 SINGER P
Characteristics: 405 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Brooking, Emerson T. - Author
Alternative Title: Like war


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Oct 14, 2019

I've been wondering when a book like this would finally be published. It caught my eye on the 2019 DIA annual reading list. It is a well-written explanation of cause and effect of psychological warfare in a cyber environment mainly concerning social media platforms, the implications to American society, and the world. The author does very well in conveying chronologically who, when, what, why, and how Russia social engineered the 2016 election and effects on other societies globally. More importantly, he sources most of his information that conveys his professional opinion. Which is more important in today's age where there are so many opinions real or fake but do not backup any other arguments with facts or other verifiable sources.

I did find it kind of funny the first review of this book on Bibluo Commons on Aug 14, 2018. Is who he coined is a "sock puppet". Read the book and read of the review on Aug 14, 2018 and all of StarGladiator reviews of other books that is posted and make the determination yourself if in fact it is a "sock puppet"

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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