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. Social media are transforming war, crime, and diplomacy. Terrorists can broadcast attacks, "Twitter wars" produce real-world casualties, and enemy movements can be tracked on social platforms. War, tech, and politics have blurred into a new battle space that's as close as our own phones. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online. In this world, ISIS copies the Twitter tactics of Taylor Swift, an accountant in Georgia foils terrorists thousands of miles away, and OSINT (open source intelligence) outpaces other forms of espionage. 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? Delving ever deeper into the darkest corners of the web, 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.
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"George Guidall's sage narration conjures avuncular newscasters like Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley, old-school journalists whose discerning delivery earned trust. And trust is what's needed in this audiobook about the use of social media as a battleground. The authors demonstrate how Facebook, Instagram, and others enable geopolitical forces to target and mislead users. For example, using "brand engagement" techniques learned from Taylor Swift, ISIS was able to recruit alienated youth, and Donald Trump capitalized on his Twitter marketing for "The Apprentice" to build the base that elected him president. The takeaway--things don't necessarily need to be true as long as they're believed--has also been put into action by fighters in Mosul, Russian and Iranian hackers, and in the Brazilian election of 2016. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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