Social media can be used to circulate true information in the face of censorship. It can also cause false information to go viral. It has powered revolutions, but it is also used to expand the reach of violent extremists. What is the role of social media in modern warfare? How has this changed as the medium evolves? What responsibility do sites such as Facebook and Twitter have to regulate (or restrict) users’ promotion of military actions
Join the conversation in a Twitter chat 1-2 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 31. John Little, who blogs about international relations and national security on his website Blogs of War, will participate through his Twitter handle @BlogsofWar. PBS NewsHour foreign affairs producer @PJTobia will also contribute. Follow along and weigh in using #NewsHourChats.
You can find the full transcript of the chat here.
If you'd like some background on how social media is being used in both warfare and intelligence this list is a good starting point:
- Social Media and Warfare
- Audio: How ISIS is using social media to spread its message
- ISIS/ISIL: Jihadists Go for the Lulz
- The CIA (Finally) Joins Twitter
- 65 Diplomats, Journalists, Spies, and Professors Who Will Help You Make Sense of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
- The Former CIA Officers, Analysts, and Intelligence Professionals Who You Should Be Following on Twitter
- Talking Tech, Social, and Security with White Canvas Group Founders Jon Iadonisi and Tim Newberry
- Is War in the Sixth Domain the End of Clausewitz?
- Former Mossad Combatant Michael Ross Looks Back - and Forward
I also recommend following the excellent J.M. Berger @intelwire. His comments on extremism and social media are always insightful.
Blogs of War – John Little has been breaking national security news and leveraging thousands of conflict, intelligence, security, technology & political sources to provide level-headed analysis in a complex news environment since 2002.