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"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
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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
It appears that neo-conservatives are now in control of the Trump White House. The bombing of the Assad regime in Syria announced to the world the US was still in the business of micromanaging global political outcomes through the selective... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
It was a terrorist attack. MSM intentionally downplays all terrorist attacks in the US/EU.
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Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats Last summer I wrote about how hacking the phone system could be used to automate terrorism. That analysis is proving to be spot on. Today, we learned that a 19 year old American-Israeli living in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Thanks Max
Here's some more thinking on how Trump (with Bannon's help) could (~will) use social networking to turn the populist insurgency that got them into the White House into a dynamic (or extremely dangerous, depending on your perspective) political force. A... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Survey is just info gathering. App provides a vote, which generates legitimacy.
Thanks Nils. Exactly on point.
Thanks Zach. Can't be a generic voting app. Has to be built as a platform for this specific purpose.
We live in a world where we can get nearly everything instantly. Instant information. Instant entertainment. Instant communications. Instant transactions. Simply and rightly, we have come to expect our decisions to yield instant results from the systems that serve us.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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The New York Times pointed out yesterday that Trump ran his candidacy like an Internet start-up. His goal was to use Internet technology to disintermediate the established system (parties, media, etc.) of getting a President elected. Bannon even brought into... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now. A simple proof: Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it. But where is political networking taking us? That's the BIG question. I've been doing lots of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
Hey, I'd always be willing to help the US through a crisis if asked. However, nobody has asked. John
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The Trump presidency operates very differently (obviously) than those of his post-WW2 predecessors. First off, its goals are completely different: it's dismantling the neoliberal system. A system that earlier administrations built up over decades. Second, and equally as interestingly, it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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What is Trump doing? Trump is rolling back neoliberalism and everything connected to it. To understand what this means, here's a narrative of Trump's insurgency. It explains what he is doing and what he is likely to do. It starts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
A simple to change to how propaganda is developed and distributed has fundamentally altered US politics. For our purposes, propaganda is the systematic use of... biased, false, and/or misleading ...information to influence the decision making of a target audience. What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
The US, as a socio-economic system, is now running open loop. Not only that, it's running open loop in an extremely chaotic environment and that's bad news. While open loop systems are extremely stable under controlled conditions, they can be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Trump's open source insurgency put him in the White House, will another open source insurgency remove him from it before the next election? Potentially. Let's dive into this. Last fall I wrote about the potential for an anti-Trump insurgency in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
My own methods. That would probably take a book.
He might back insurgents to get a better trade deal.
With Trump's inauguration tomorrow, I thought this thinking might be useful. ____ I was on a panel at the always insightful Suits and Spooks conference in Washington DC last week (it's an eclectic mix of IC pros and cybersecurity execs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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During the 2012 US Presidential election, the Romney campaign was accused of buying fake Twitter followers from a bot network after he gained a whopping ~150,000 new followers in one day. Romney's following jumped 17% in one day, providing him... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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Russia has two exports: energy and kompromat. Since energy isn't nearly as valuable as it was a decade ago, Putin has increased Russia's production of kompromat to compensate. So far, he's been fairly successful with this, but for an unexpected... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Global Guerrillas
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There's a war for the future being waged online. It's being fought across the world's online social networks, and the outcomes of these online battles increasingly dictate the outcome of what happens later in the real world. One of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Global Guerrillas