LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

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Two protection consultants discover the collision of warfare, politics, and social media, the place crucial battles at the moment are solely a click on away.

Through the weaponization of social media, the web is altering warfare and politics, simply as warfare and politics are altering the web. Terrorists livestream their assaults, “Twitter wars” produce actual‑world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not simply the end result of battles, however the very destiny of nations. The result’s that warfare, tech, and politics have blurred into a brand new form of battlespace that performs out on our smartphones.

P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking deal with the thoughts‑bending questions that come up when warfare goes on-line and the web world goes to warfare. They discover how ISIS copies the Instagram ways of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils warfare crimes 1000’s of miles away, web trolls form elections, and China makes use of a smartphone app to police the ideas of 1.4 billion residents. What might be stored secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the reality or bury it? And what position do odd folks now play in worldwide conflicts?

Delving into the net’s darkest corners, we meet the sudden warriors of social media, such because the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars in opposition to the West. Finally, seeking to the essential years forward, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending in opposition to the unprecedented threats of our networked world. 


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