[iDC] Situated technologies and the current war

Matthew Waxman mwax at ucsc.edu
Tue Aug 1 16:39:44 EDT 2006

Net Warfare.

NYTimes: "A New Enemy Gains on the U.S." (July 30, 2006)

"'We are now into the first great war between nations and 
networks,' said John Arquilla, a professor of defense 
analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a leading 
analyst of net warfare. 'This proves the growing strength 
of networks as a threat to American national security.'"

"...These network forces are not ignorant. They are 
computer literate, propaganda and Internet savvy, and 
capable of firing complicated weapons to great effect..."

"Also of great interest in the military threat of these 
networks is that some of the most significant technologies 
once held in near-monopoly control by the American 
military are now available... high-quality night-vision 
goggles and global positioning devices."


On Wed, 02 Aug 2006 04:01:41 +0800
  trebor at thing.net wrote:
> <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5217484.stm>
> BBC. "Some people living in southern Lebanon have 
>received voicemail from
> Israel, suggesting that they leave the area, according 
>to the BBC. Calls,
> voicemails, and text messages are all in play."
> *
> <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/24/AR2006072401355.html><http://tinyurl.com/lgr3z>
> Washington Post. YouTube Users Explore Israel-Hezbollah 
> "Here's how the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is playing out 
>on the Internet's
> latest window into the human experience, YouTube.com: 
>Videos of young girls
> driving around smoking and joking about Hezbollah, next 
>to shaky footage of
> grieving men toting dead bodies through rubble as sirens 
>wail. Old propaganda
> films alongside homemade documentaries about the 
> *
> <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5226254.stm>
> BBC. The Pentagon is keeping a close eye on what its 
>troops post online, with
> special attention being paid to videos that show the 
>aftermath of combat.
> ==
> The following references are not directly related:
> <http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=151032&Sn=BUSI&IssueID=29132>
> <http://tinyurl.com/ggcxy>
> Gulf Daily News. "DUBAI: Mobile phone use in the Arab 
>world surged 70 percent in
> 2005."
> *
> <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/08/AR2006070801063.html><http://tinyurl.com/q38vy>
> Washington Post. In War-Torn Congo, Going Wireless to 
>Reach Home. For Poor,
> Cellphones Bridge Digital Divide "KINSHASA, Congo -- 
>Until not long ago, if
> Zadhe Iyombe wanted to talk to his mother, he had to 
>make the eight-day boat
> trip up the Congo River to the jungle town where he was 
>raised. In a country
> with almost no roads, mail or telephone system and a 
>grisly guerrilla war
> raging, making that exhausting and dangerous trip was 
>about the only way he
> could find out if his 59-year-old mother was still 
>alive. Then he got a
> cellphone."
> *
> <http://www.mediamatic.net/artefact-11944-en.html>
> Mediamatic. Upcoming RFID symposium in Amsterdam.
> "RFID plays a pivotal role in joining the physical world 
>with the digital. An
> object tagged with an RFID chip has a unique digital 
>identity. Any kind of
> online data can be linked to these unique ID's. Here is 
>where the real world
> and the internet become two faces of the same reality. 
>Things go online."
> *
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/07/27/cindy-sheehan-buys-land-n_n_25952.html><http://tinyurl.com/mhoqk>
> Huffingtonpost "War protester Cindy Sheehan has 
>purchased a 5-acre plot in
> Crawford with some of the insurance money she received 
>after her son was killed
> in Iraq. ... Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq 
>in 2004, will again
> demand to meet with the president."
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