SIGNAL's Guide to Web Resources
There are many points of view about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Central Asia. Personal Web logs, or blogs, created by warfighters, journalists and other writers have created perhaps the most detailed account of any conflict in human history. Whether they are news sites operated by a commercial or government organization, or a personally run page, blogs offer an immediate and often intimate view of the conflict. By its size and scope, the Internet provides a range of opinions and information to fit almost any taste and outlook.
The Long War Journal
Covering events throughout the Middle East and South Asia, this Web publication provides a range of news from its own embedded reporters to aggregated news articles, podcasts and multimedia from other sources. This non-profit site publishes four sections daily along with a special features segment. The journal’s open-source articles consist of reporting, analysis and commentary from news organizations, think tanks and other online sources.
Michael Yon is an independent journalist writing from Iraq and Afghanistan. Over several years, Yon has been embedded with a number of U.S. and coalition forces and produced riveting on-the-ground accounts of actions against insurgents. Supported entirely through contributions, the site features Yon’s news dispatches and links to other news coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan, with the author’s comments. The page also includes original articles written by soldiers serving in the region.
Sponsored by Military.com, this site features news and updates from across the defense industry, related politics and ongoing military operations. Defense Tech highlights original writing and observations coupled with links to other publications and government agencies.
This blog focuses on those intellectual and philosophical areas where the Global War on Terrorism, technology and politics meet. Writer John Robb examines large and small conflicts around the world, such as the ongoing unrest in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger River delta region. The site features analysis and commentary on government policy and global events. Robb’s coverage examines how terrorists, Guerrillas and governments are employing technology. Other related themes explored in the blog are cyberterrorism and network warfare.
War in Context
Taking a big picture view of the Global War on Terrorism, this blog combines aggregated news articles and personal reporting and commentary. Each post is identified by entry as news, opinion or analysis with links back to original articles. Editorial headings feature original pieces written by the site’s editor, Paul Woodward. The news coverage and original writing covers the gamut of events across the Middle East and South Asia, international relations and U.S. election politics. Visitors can search the site for specific queries/references or broad categories.
Part of Wired magazine’s online presence, this blog covers a range of defense technology issues. Coverage provides summaries of government reports and articles in other publications, with links back to the source article. Danger Room’s contributing writers also provide their own articles and commentary. The site offers a mix of breaking news with links to longer in-depth analysis pieces.
This site allows people to participate in searching for extraterrestrial life through their computers. The goal of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is to locate other civilizations in nearby stars. For two decades, researchers have trained their radio telescopes at nearby stars, hoping to pick up signals of technology use that would indicate the presence of intelligent extraterrestrial life. However, these searches collect vast amounts of data that must be processed. SETI@Home distributes this task among thousands of computers. To participate, visitors register with the site and download software onto their computers. The software uses a part of the computer’s processing power and network bandwidth—users can set the exact amount—to analyze deep space radio spectrum data. The software works in the background, allowing users to work or blog while helping further the search for life on other planets.
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