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LikeWar : the weaponization of social media

Author: P W Singer; Emerson T Brooking
Publisher: Boston : An Eamon Dolan Book, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. 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 real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Singer, P. W. (Peter Warren), author.
Likewar
Boston : Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
(DLC) 2018017519
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: P W Singer; Emerson T Brooking
ISBN: 9781328695758 1328695751
OCLC Number: 1047523802
Description: 1 online resource (405 pages)
Contents: The war begins --
Every wire a nerve: how the internet changed the world --
The truth is out there: social media and the end of secrets --
The empire strikes back: censorship, disinformation, and the burial of truth --
The unreality machine: the business of veracity vs. virality --
Win the net, win the day: the new wars for attention... and power --
LikeWar: the conflicts that drive the web and the world --
Masters of the universe: the new rules and rulers of likewar --
Conclusion: what do we know, what can we do?
Other Titles: Like war
Responsibility: P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking.

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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. 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 real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. They explore how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts?<BR /> Delving into the web's darkest corners, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world. --

"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"--

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