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Posted Jan 4, 2019 at Global Guerrillas
Yesterday, on the 19th of December at 9 PM GMT, a drone overflight shut down Gatwick airport, the UK's second busiest, stranding tens of thousands of holiday travellers. Six additional overflights between 9:15 PM and midnight kept it closed. A... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
Over the last several weeks we've seen a rapid diminishment in the fictive kinship that unites us as Americans. In fact, many of us don't just disagree with other Americans. We see them as existential threats. Here are the existential... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
Here's a good example of global guerrilla tinkering and decentralized defense. Fire Kites Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza strip have developed a simple and effective weapon for disrupting Israel. It's a fire kite. Here are the details (reuters video report):... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
Here's a question you should be asking yourself: What does 21st Century authoritarianism look like? Given what we've seen so far, it isn't likely that we're going to see a return to the 20th Century model, with its absolute dictators,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
Here are some notes tracking the arrival of what I’m calling the Long Night -- a world run by oppressive social networks that ruthlessly narrow public speech and behavior. Covered topics: Twitter's bubble maximizer. Enforcing limits to free speech in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
I did a long interview with Jack Murphy and Ian Scotto for SOFRep Radio earlier this week (the first 45 m or so prominently features my staccato/machine/Boydian gun style of thinking/speaking). We talked about many of the topics I'm currently... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
Here's an interesting though experiment. The EU's new data privacy law is just about to come into effect (May 25th). That law makes it very hard for Facebook and other services to collect data on individuals because it has a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
How does the open source moral network -- the combo of the #resistance, #metoo and #neveragain -- turn lists of violators into something people can easily digest and act upon? An online system that can work at scale? I just... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
Last month's Global Guerrillas report used a combination of: David Ronfeldt's TIMN (tribes, institutions, markets, and networks) framework Complex systems theory, and Boyd's OODA to figure out how we can adapt to the challenges we face without the radical simplification... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
When it comes to politics, it should be of no surprise to anyone that we're in uncharted, nonlinear territory now. Weaponized social networks have seized control of the political process from the traditional political parties and their media gatekeepers. They... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at Global Guerrillas
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