"Computers, cell phones, other digital devices, and the systems that knit them together have altered how many on the planet do almost everything--especially how they share with each other. With over 1 billion people--some of them enemies of freedom--on the Internet, there is much more on the information superhighway these days than information. There is a traffic jam of conversation facilitated by email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and, of course, Wikipedia, as well as many other social networking tools (often collectively called Web 2.0) that facilitate discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas on a global scale.1 This unprecedented capacity to listen and respond is inexorably restructuring the ways that information is created and used. For example, during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, the campaign of Barack Obama mobilized social networking in revolutionary ways to garner popular support and raise money, reaching a vast audience. The impact of social networking will not end with business and politics but will inevitably affect national security. Social networking has the potential to touch every aspect of national security including gathering and vetting publicly available open source information, gauging and influencing public opinion, distributing 'risk communications' (such as how to respond after a disaster), conducting research and analysis, developing policies, planning and implementing programs and activities in the field, and conducting information operations (the integrated employment of electronic warfare, computer network operations, psychological operations, deception, and operations security)."
|Author:||Carafano, James Jay, 1955-|
|Publisher:||National Defense University Press|
|Retrieved From:||NDU Press, Joint Force Quarterly: http://www.ndu.edu/press/jointForceQuarterly.html|
|Source:||Joint Force Quarterly (1st quarter 2011), no.60, p.73-78|