Looking at the National Security Implications of Social Media

By Eric Rasmussen, MD of AccessAgility in Communia Blog, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, February 23, 2012

In December 2011 I [Dr. Eric Rasmussen] was asked to keynote a workshop for the Office of Naval Research on a topic I knew rather little about: The National Security Implications of Social Media. Nice chance to go look stuff up and explore a realm I’d so far seen only through my own superficial exposure and the incidental comments of my teenaged daughters and their boyfriends. The topic was chosen, of course, because others thought the question contained a depth that likely extended far beyond the trivial and into areas that might require alteration of policy, legislation, or mindset. I found far more of value than I expected, and the very real national security implications I eventually drew were in areas I had not considered before my research began.

“Social media” is, as might be expected, a loaded term across the generations with a number of formal definitions. It seems reasonable to go to Wikipedia, an exceptionally good example of social media, for a recursive definition: “Social media includes web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communication into interactive dialogue.” Many would add specific mention of the creation and exchange of user-generated content that moves far beyond simple dialogue into entertainment, education, persuasion, and polemic. …

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