LikeWar - IDS

IDS’s proprietary cyber and social media training environment, SMEIR, is designed to prepare our military for modern conflict. IDS is pleased that our SMEIR has been included in P.W. Singer’s forthcoming book LikeWar. From now until November 24, the IDS community may enjoy a special discount of 35% on the purchase of LikeWar. Your book(s) will ship to you for delivery to the address you provide during its publication week of October 1st. 


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LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

by P W Singer, Emerson T Brooking
Price: $18.20/ea — List price: $28.00
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Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away.

Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, "Twitter wars" produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.

P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. They explore how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts?

Delving into the web's darkest corners, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world.



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