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War Goes Viral

Authors: Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer
The Atlantic

Social media has altered the nature of war, argue Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard. 

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Foreign Affairs Article

The Age of Transparency

Author: Sean P. Larkin

Transparency has long been a rare commodity in international affairs. But today, the forces of technology are ushering in a new age of openness that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Governments, journalists, and nongovernmental organ­izations (NGOs) can now harness a flood of open-source information, drawn from commercial surveillance satellites, drones, smartphones, and computers, to reveal hidden activities in contested areas—from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea.

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The Hacked World Order

Author: Adam Segal

Beginning with the Stuxnet virus launched by the United States at an Iranian nuclear facility in 2010 and continuing through to the most recent Sony hacking scandal, A Hacked World Order exposes how the Internet has ushered in a new era of geopolitical maneuvering and reveals the tremendous and terrifying implications for our economic livelihood, security, and personal identity.

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Robots and Beyond

Speakers: Peter Bock, Paul Cohen, and Andrew McAfee
Presider: Amy Alving

George Washington University's Peter Bock, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Paul Cohen, and MIT's Andrew McAfee join Amy Alving, former chief technology officer of Science Applications International, to discuss recent innovations in artificial intelligence as well as the economic and security implications of these technological advances.

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Robots and Beyond

Speakers: Peter Bock, Paul Cohen, and Andrew McAfee
Presider: Amy Alving

George Washington University's Peter Bock, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Paul Cohen, and MIT's Andrew McAfee join Amy Alving, former chief technology officer of Science Applications International, to discuss recent innovations in artificial intelligence as well as the economic and security implications of these technological advances.

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Robots and Beyond

Speakers: Peter Bock, Paul Cohen, and Andrew McAfee
Presider: Amy Alving

George Washington University's Peter Bock, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Paul Cohen, and MIT's Andrew McAfee join Amy Alving, former chief technology officer of Science Applications International, to discuss recent innovations in artificial intelligence as well as the economic and security implications of these technological advances.

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U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Kornbluh's Remarks on Foreign Policy for the Internet, January 2012

U.S. Ambassador to the OECD Karen Kornbluh spoke at the Brookings Institute on January 11, 2012. In her speech titled, "Principles of Internet Governance: An Agenda for Economic Growth and Innovation," she discussed the OECD's high-level meetings in June 2011 and the resulting principles countries can adopt to protect the flow of information and uphold policy concerns on the Internet.

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FT: Think Again

Author: Shawn Donnan

In his piece for the Financial Times Magazine, Shawn Donnan discusses Google's latest venture into the world of philanthropy: Google Ideas. Described as a "think/do-tank", it either amounts to a bold attempt to stretch the boundaries of corporate social responsibility, perhaps even to rewire the entire role of business in today's world -- or, with its brief to find solutions to some of the world's most intractable problems, the ultimate expression of new tech bubble bravado.

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