Recent Articles 

Stepping Down from the Pedestal

It turns out that Twitter and a little bit of positive reinforcement were all that Americans needed to like soccer. Thanks to social media, better broadcasting, and a gradual demographic shift, this World Cup marked the arrival of Americans on the world cultural scene.

Engaging Iraq in the Age of Digital Extremism

The prevalence of extremist content on social media poses a unique dilemma for governments and online networking sites alike.  To combat groups like ISIS, the United States must leverage its intelligence-gathering capabilities and engineer a common protocol with Silicon Valley for managing the digital media of foreign terrorist organizations. 

Terror on Twitter

For most people, Twitter is a website where teenagers can share lyrics and engage in heated arguments over Justin Bieber.  For others, however, it serves as a strategic tool for planning and conducting terrorism.    

A New Era of Intelligence

Social media has revolutionized the way states, corporations, and private citizens gather and analyze information.  As regimes around the world are becoming increasingly secretive, western governments are turning to crowd-sourced intelligence.   

In Defense of Internet Activism

The recent #BringBackOurGirls campaign backed by Michelle Obama has demonstrated the ability of social media to spread information and mobilize potential activists on the Internet.  For better or for worse, the First Lady’s campaign has drawn comparisons to the Kony 2012 movement from two years prior.