Articles from Global Guerrillas
Our political system is broken.
How do we fix it? We don't.
We hack it.
We build a political party that works like a network.
How? We turn the party into an app. Into software.
My collaborator, the successful tech entrepreneur Jordan Greenhall, has a proposal for this.
Some thinking you might find useful. It might sound wild and remote, but we are in a wild and out of control year. ANYTHING can happen.
A treasure trove of e-mail and voicemail messages from the Democratic National Committee has been leaked. Here's what happened.
It's amazing how quickly social media broadcasting has become central to social violence. It is being used by all of the participants:
Attackers (video was removed): Larossi Abballa Facebook livestreamed his terrorist attack on the home of a police chief in France.
Some items to think about:
The lone wolf terrorist does not exist.
The lone wolf terrorist is a fiction. He doesn't exist.
The reason is simple.
People don't engage in terrorism as individuals. They do it as part of a social group. They need the social meaning a group provides to justify the personal risk and the act of violence.
Bots will transform warfare, from guerrilla warfare to conventional state conflict.
Before I get to how bots will enable the automation of terrorism (a truly transformational development), let me spend a bit of time on how it will transform nation-state militaries.
Enemies innovate, particularly open source networks like ISIS.
That's a given. It's what you do in response to that innovation that matters.
Three months ago, I wrote up a worst case scenario for how the US could end up in a civil war this fall. Unfortunately, nothing has changed. The conditions that make the scenario possible are still valid.
The ISIS Caliphate is using online fealty as a way to recruit jihadis around the world. It's a powerful recasting of an ancient concept that goes well beyond modern expressions of loyalty.
The way ISIS has constructed its brand of online fealty makes it globally scalable. The only barriers to entry are: conduct an attack and publicly pledge fealty. The most common platforms for a public pledge? Social media, 911, etc.