On the foolishness of some current algorithms

[ by Charles Cameron — shouting caveat lector in a crowded theater ] . I don’t know what a wise algorithm is, whether any such algorithms exist, how they would qualify for that title, what the definitive definition of wisdom is, and so forth. Some algorithms in contemporary use, however, strike me as foolish. Sources: […] Read more »

The Social Media War on ISIS

Last Monday marked a year since the declaration of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria by the extremist group Daesh (Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS). Despite maintaining and even expanding their territorial claims over the past year, some argue that their greatest accomplishment is their social media campaign. Assisting in attracting fighters and spreading their extremist […]

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Syrian Rebels Burn Down a Marijuana Field on Facebook

This is a video, posted on Monday to Facebook, of one of Syria's stronger rebel factions setting a marijuana field ablaze. The incineration of the weed underscores a basic problem for the U.S.'s approach to Syria's bloody civil war: figuring out the ideological motivations of the factions that some in Washington want to arm against dictator Bashar Assad. Read more »

@Fault: Besieged U.S. Embassy #Fails Its Twitter Defense

When Egyptians stormed the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the diplomats took to their computers and mobile devices -- and blamed an American video for stirring up the locals. But the Embassy's tweets against the movie and "religious incitement" instantly came in for more criticism, from Americans who thought the diplomats had conceded far, far too much -- like basic principles of free speech. Read more »

State Dept. Blogging One Year Later (Part 5): Going Forward

by Steven R. Corman & Ed Palazzolo This is the last in a five part series on the one-year anniversary of the State Department’s Dipnote blog, and an analysis we posted in October 2007 on the blog’s first month of operation.  In this series: Part 1 focused on reviewing Dipnote management and processes. Part 2 looked at what the State Department bloggers were writing about. Part 3 reported an in-depth content analysis of reader comments […] Read more »

State Dept. Blogging One Year Later (Part 4): State Department 2.0

by Nicholas Brody This is the fourth part of a five part series on about the one-year anniversary of the State Department’s Dipnote blog. In Part 1 we focused on reviewing DipNote management and processes. In Part 2 we looked at what the State Department bloggers were writing about. In Part 3 we conducted an in-depth content analysis of reader comments on the blog.  In this post I look at the larger context of Web […] Read more »