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Facebook just announced sweeping changes to fix significant problems with its newsfeed, the main conduit for news and information for over 2 billion people. However, the problems with Facebook's newsfeed won't be fixed with these tweaks. In fact, they are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
The Russians have been using drone swarms against the Ukrainians to good effect (blowing up ammo dumps). Here's one being used against a Russian base on the coast of Syria. Recount as reported by the Russian MoD reported it this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
China's social credit score in action (it's how China is ushering in a long night of socially networked repression). Essentially, this is a score that follows you for life. It's public and accessible. It goes down: If you break any... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
The December Global Guerrillas Report: Weaponized Social Networks is now available. It takes a hard look at the politicized social networks that overran the US political system last year and what that could mean down the road. It was hard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
China and the US are moving quickly towards a networked dystopia. I'm calling it the "long night" akin in ominousness to the dystopia Hayek saw ahead in his Road to Serfdom. The long night is an all encompassing online orthodoxy.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Social networking radically increases the... pace (in aggregate, it radically lowers the latency of communication) bandwidth (the amount of information conveyed per minute), and scale (number of simultaneous conversations + one to many broadcasting) of communication beyond all historical measurements.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
I've decided to publish a report on Global Guerrillas topics (a PDF and/or podcast interview) via Patreon. This report will allow me to dive a good bit deeper into a dangerous topic than would be possible with a post alone.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is over. It was a seminal event. It... ...firmly consolidated political power in the hands of a single man, Xi (no successor was named). ...clearly informed the world that China was now... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Facebook just declared war against "disruptive" information. In addition to hundreds of new human censors, they are training AI censors capable of identifying and deleting 'unacceptable' information found in the discussions of all two billion members in real time. This... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Facebook, with a COMPLETE social graph, becomes more than an advertising platform. It becomes an arm of government. Facebook's Global Social Network Visualized Here's how. Facebook recently passed: 2 billion monthly users. That’s~70% of the 2.8 billion Internet users living... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Some random items of interest: Alt Right vs. Alt Left (Vice). The US is now ground zero in an open source war for the future of democratic governance. 'Whatever happens next, the genie is out of the bottle, and intelligence... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Trump is in the White House today because an open source insurgency put him there. I first wrote about Trump's open source insurgency a year and a half ago (February 2016). At that point, it was already apparent Trump was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Here's a framework for understanding how social networking is changing US politics. It's raw, simple and (hopefully) useful. _______ The political parties and the media aren't the primary actors in the US political system anymore. Increasingly, politics is being waged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Charlottesville wasn't a standard protest. It was a social blasting cap. An open invitation to a public fist fight between the left and right. A fight orchestrated to create widespread social disruption. A fight the police didn't want to referee.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Some items of interest: Singapore: "Changi (airport) will be using facial recognition technology to offer self-service options at check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding" What happens over the long term? Automated systems like this will seek to partner with companies... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
I recently ran into a European counter-terrorism expert who complained that it was getting very difficult to build a fake profile on Facebook. Every time his team tried to set up a fake profile, it was shut down in less... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
The Ukrainian SBU now believes that the destruction of arms depot at Balakliya in March that did a billion dollars in damage was carried out by a small drone armed with a thermite grenade. That's an ROI (Return on Investment)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Six years ago, I floated a business plan for building a new type of company (an open source venture). An open source venture is structured in a way that makes it possible for millions of worker/owners to collaborate on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
It's a pretty good bet we're going to see a rise in sea levels (we already have). Here's a good report by the Union of Concerned Scientists with some much needed detail on how it will impact us. How it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
I figured out what I'm going to talk about at the Prime Minister's conference in Singapore next month: the automation of terrorism. Here's the outline of what I'm going to discuss (I already have most of the thinking on this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Mass killings in London, Portland, and Orlando over the last seven days (occurring at an increasing rate). We have categories for each type of attack: London: Homegrown Jihadi terrorist attack. Portland: Hate crime murders. Orlando: Lethal postal rage in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an indicator that Americans are suffering from deep psychological distress. Americans are killing themselves in record numbers. The method of choice? Overdose. This year, there will be over 50,000 deaths due to overdoses in the US and it's still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
In Die fröhliche Wissenschaft, Nietzsche proclaimed "God is dead, and we have killed him, you and I!" Even back in the late 1800's, Nietzsche had the genius to see that science was in the process of killing God and with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
"I was only following corporate algorithms" Testimony given at a future war crimes trial (riff on the Nuremberg defense) United Airlines forcibly removed a man from an "overbooked" flight. The incident was captured on video by other passengers and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Here's a new drone (warning, acronym creep) called the CICADA, or Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft. It's tiny and weighs only 65 grams. It is meant to be dropped by an aircraft in a swarm (dozens at a time). Once... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas