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Through the weaponization of social media, the web is altering battle and politics, simply as battle and politics are altering the web. Terrorists livestream their assaults, “Twitter wars” produce actual‑world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not simply the consequence of battles, however the very destiny of nations. The result’s that battle, tech, and politics have blurred into a brand new variety of battlespace that performs out on our smartphones.
P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking deal with the thoughts‑bending questions that come up when battle goes on-line and the web world goes to battle. They discover how ISIS copies the Instagram ways of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils battle crimes hundreds of miles away, web trolls form elections, and China makes use of a smartphone app to police the ideas of 1.four billion residents. What will be stored secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the reality or bury it? And what position do strange folks now play in worldwide conflicts?
Delving into the net’s darkest corners, we meet the sudden warriors of social media, such because the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars in opposition to the West. Finally, trying to the essential years forward, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending in opposition to the unprecedented threats of our networked world.