About Blogs of War

Welcome to Blogs of War. My name is John W. Little and this is essentially my personal blog. Almost all of my projects since 2002 have been developed with the goal of understanding and addressing the critical national security, technology, and intelligence challenges facing the United States and its allies. Along the way I've built social monitoring tools for revolutions, co-authored a New York Times best seller, created the Covert Contact podcast, detected foreign info ops, had my work on the 2003 war in Iraq archived by the Library of Congress, and found my writings on technology and privacy cited in a federal court case. The ride hasn't been boring.

With Blogs of War I have tried to leverage decades of technology experience and a global network of contacts to mine, analyze, aggregate, and surface open source information with an eye towards identifying critical emerging threats. I also try to directly connect Blogs of War readers to smart, respected, non-partisan subject matter experts at every opportunity.

These days I spend a lot of time thinking about how technology, from social media to AI, is driving profound changes and creating significant tension in existing socio-political systems. We are witnessing the emergence of robotics, AI, incredibly powerful algorithms, and other transformational technologies that, while impactful now, stand to be significantly more disruptive in the very near future. Navigating this change, avoiding catastrophic conflict, building adaptive and resilient systems (all while preserving democratic ideals) is going to be tremendously challenging. In 2017 I was able to focus on some of these challenges as a Future for Good Fellow at The Institute for the Future

In the middle of all of this is a day job where I focus on supporting and building systems that can detect and address misinformation at scale.

Here's a random assortment of various published works, interviews, and media references: