Russia’s ability to evolve its use of information operations to leverage social media and the cyber domain continues to shock and challenge the world community. The country’s actions, especially during the 2016 U.S. elections, have brought cyber information operations out of the shadows and into the limelight. Now, state and nonstate actors are frequently using similar techniques to influence the public and achieve political goals once only attainable through armed conflict.
While many government organizations are seeking to expand their social media influence, one social media group is expanding its influence within government.
The Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management operates as a subcommittee under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Science and Technology Advisory Committee, but it is on its way to becoming a full-fledged federal advisory committee.
Networking during a major conference can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. The free Topi app for iOS and Android makes it easier to quickly connect.
The app helps conference attendees identify and meet like-minded peers. Browse through people, chat in topic-based rooms, start private group conversations and more.
The more information you share with the app, the more groups and networking opportunities it can suggest. Log in with Facebook, and the app can connect you with friends and create dedicated chatrooms for events.
Citing cost and migration to U.S. Defense Department enterprise capabilities, the U.S. Air Force will discontinue its Instant Messenger, or AFIM, and Friends and Family Instant Messenger (FFIM) on December 31, 2011. The collaborative tools were made available through the service's portal at a cost of approximately $228,000 annually. Waning interest in the services and the availability of other social networking options-illustrated by a decrease of 71 percent in page views and 80 percent in weekly visitors to the FFIM-led the Air Force to its decision. The capability will now be available through the Defense Connect Online (DCO) chat function called Jabber.
Connect through the world of video with the free Shoutz app for iPhone and Android. The mobile-to-mobile video network allows users to share and watch 15-second video clips right from their phones. Users can engage with friends, family and fans with the new take on social networking. Simply record a quick message and share it with your followers through a one-on-one conversation, a group message or a public display for anyone to see. Users can also comment, rate and re-shout a video instantly. In addition, users can follow celebrities, musicians and sports stars and view their videos.
Industry leaders are working hard to identify and create the Internet of the future, and News Editor Rita Boland digs in with an examination of this virtual "ground breaking" in cyberspace in her article, "Upcoming Online Experiences," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine. The piece is the first in a four-part SIGNAL semaphore series: The Future of the Internet. Kevin Orr, Cisco Corporation's vice president of U.S.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a potential $20 million contract to provide innovative research in the area of web-based approaches for medical and psychological health social networking, care delivery/tele-health, and capabilities that enable revolutionary advances in science, technology or systems. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.
Social media use by federal employees and contractors increased dramatically in the last year, but many people still wonder if it is safe and business savvy to jump in to online networking, according to a recent survey.
(The following post continues the conversation from Gentlemen Do Not Open Attachments.)
1. Thin Client Case
A person with a ".mil" address walks up to a thin client anywhere in the world and logs in to the DoD NIPRNET "Secure Desktop" using a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) access card, plus biometric ID. A thin client then presents a menu of available virtual computers to connect to. The choices will include secure NIPRNET-connected desktops, as well as insecure desktops connected to the Internet, as illustrated below:
I keep up with all things social media and Web 2.0 related by reading Mashable, one of the largest blogs focused specifically on these topics. Now fans like me can read Mashable on the go with the Mashable iPhone app. The free tool allows users to browse by channel, category, tag or author; share stories via e-mail, Twitter or Facebook; save stories to read offline later; and more. For more information or to download the application, visit the iTunes store.
"The Defense Department must take decisive remedial steps to achieve positive controls over all social computing transactions originating from the toxic Internet. The risks are too great to accept insufficient safeguards."--Paul A. Strassman, distinguished professor of information science at George Mason University and former director of defense information for the Office of the Secretary of Defense
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard is simply enthralled with the opportunities social networking platforms offer. Adm. Thad W. Allen, USCG, opened the final day of MILCOM 2009 by explaining that it took some time for him to move into the Web 2.0 realm, but now that he's there, he understands that it is a domain that all military leaders must learn to use. "We have to understand that the changes in technology, computation and so forth have created what I call a fundamental change in our social atmosphere.