Social Media and Extremism: Sideshow or Center Stage?

On Twitter, Mike Olson of Cloudera asked me and Alex Olesker what we thought about the use of social media in the latest dustup between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. He linked me to an article taking a broader look at the role of social media in terrorism and extremism. The following is some thoughts […]

The Pentagon Wants to Automate Cyber Defenses but not Robots, and More

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The Department of Defense is looking to use Big Data to automate its cyber defenses. More here. The hacking collective Anonymous plans a massive worldwide protest on October 20 against surveillance. More here. The White House has launched a resource page for developers that provides an […]

Tech of #OccupyWallStreet

A social movement with a hashtag in its name is obviously heavily reliant on technology. Here are a few technologies and approaches that Occupy Wall Street used to expand rapidly. Mesh networks: localized Internets, set up for rapid and secure internal communication. The People’s Skype, a distributed voice and voting system that enables the peculiar […]