Internet’s Impacts

Like any power tool, the Internet can help or hurt us. We need to learns new skills to master it! This category has case studies of the geopolitical incidents aflame on the Internet, and the net results.

Finding truth amidst the lies about Russia & the Ukrainian civil war

Summary: Today we look at off-road sources of information about the world (especially wars), used by those who seek more than the polished narrow narratives of the western news media. What do we seek? Are we gathering information, or finding only new sources of propaganda? Answers and advice follow, using examples from the Ukraine Civil …

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Bitcoin, the deep web, & the big conflicts of the 21st C

Summary:  The e-conflicts have begun with the development of e-currencies, e-markets, and even e-wars. History tells us that people often don’t see the major trends of their time, either lacking perspective or distracted by more cool but less important phenomena. So it is today, as bitcoin gets the most attention while dark e-markets change the …

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You must Be >this< Tall To Play Cyberwar (has DoD grown enough yet?)

Summary:  This is an interesting yet puzzling week for cyberwar-watchers. There are several news stories that paint a gruesome picture of the US’ intents and capabilities.  Let’s look at them and see what they tell us.  Or you can wait.  Eventually this weaknesses will become front-page news, followed by the inevitable blue-ribbon commissions. Article deleted …

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An army of Davids storm the walls of the scientific establishment

We all see evidence of the Internet unlocking information, making it available to the people of America (and the world).  And the Internet’s ability to allow people to organize with a speed, on a scale never before possible.  The combination creates a massive potential challenge to our ruling elites.  Glen Reynolds (the “Instapundit”) describes this …

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Nonsense from StrategyPage: Iraq is safer than Mexico

The popularity of sites like StrategyPage and Debkafile mystify me.  The latter provides interesting data mixed with large quantities of disinformation; the former provides great jokes and often interesting data — mixed in with nonsense. Like this:  “Iraq Is Safer“, 15 December 2008 — favorably mentioned by the Instapundit!  Reposted in full: This month, about 26 people a …

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