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Political Networking (how social networking is changing politics forever)

February 11, 2017 - 10:13 -- Admin

Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now.  A simple proof:  Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it.

But where is political networking taking us?  That's the BIG question. I've been doing lots of thinking about this (it's going into my book). Here's my shorthand for where our political system is headed. We have three political networks to choose from:

How Trump's Use of Social Networking Changes Governance

February 3, 2017 - 11:22 -- Admin

The Trump presidency operates very differently (obviously) than those of his post-WW2 predecessors.  First off, its goals are completely different:  it's dismantling the neoliberal system.  A system that earlier administrations built up over decades.  Second, and equally as interestingly, it operates more like a network than a bureaucracy.

Open Loop Nation

January 25, 2017 - 05:50 -- Admin

The US, as a socio-economic system, is now running open loop.  

Not only that, it's running open loop in an extremely chaotic environment and that's bad news.  While open loop systems are extremely stable under controlled conditions, they can be just the opposite in complex, rapidly changing or uncertain environments.  In those environments they fail quickly or worse:  they run amok.    

Will the World be Safer or More Dangerous Under a Trump Presidency?

January 20, 2017 - 04:26 -- Admin

With Trump's inauguration tomorrow, I thought this thinking might be useful.

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I was on a panel at the always insightful Suits and Spooks conference in Washington DC last week (it's an eclectic mix of IC pros and cybersecurity execs from around the world). It was lots of fun.  The topic of discussion on my panel was the title of this post:  will the world be safer or more dangerous under a Trump presidency?

Botting Politics

January 19, 2017 - 07:05 -- Admin

During the 2012 US Presidential election, the Romney campaign was accused of buying fake Twitter followers from a bot network after he gained a whopping ~150,000 new followers in one day.  Romney's following jumped 17% in one day, providing him with a significant bump in the general perception of his grassroots popularity and support for a paltry ~$2,700 ($18 per thousand followers). 

Our Addiction to Kompromat

January 18, 2017 - 12:41 -- Admin

Russia has two exports: energy and kompromat. Since energy isn't nearly as valuable as it was a decade ago, Putin has increased Russia's production of kompromat to compensate. So far, he's been fairly successful with this, but for an unexpected reason.

The Race to Weaponize Empathy

January 17, 2017 - 23:30 -- Admin

There's a war for the future being waged online. It's being fought across the world's online social networks, and the outcomes of these online battles increasingly dictate the outcome of what happens later in the real world.

One of the most successful tactics used in this war is the manipulation of language in order to confuse, scare, nullify or outrage targeted audiences with the objective of making money, aggregating political power, and disrupting opponents.

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