Welcome to Blogs of War. My name is John W. Little and this is 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. It 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
Here's a random assortment of various published works, interviews, and media references:
- Anthony Bourdain: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations
- The Atlantic: How Lebanon Transformed Anthony Bourdain
- Motherboard (Vice): The Bots That Are Changing Politics
- BBC: Who's at the Controls of Iran's Bot Army?
- International Business Times: Iraq Crisis: ISIS Comes up with Solutions to Hoodwink Twitter
- LifeHacker: I'm Warren Ellis, and This Is How I Work
- NPR: Korva Coleman's Media Habits
- PBS NewsHour: Is Social Media a Weapon in Modern Warfare?
- Business Insider: TV Chef Anthony Bourdain Sums Up The Problems In Gaza Better Than Most Diplomats
- ABC (Sunday Extra): The Terror of Social Media
- CBC (The Current): How ISIS is Using Social Media to Spread its Message
- CBC: ISIS Inserts Disturbing Images Into N.L. Vote Twitter Chatter
- CBS News: Jihadists on the Move in Iraq with Weapons, Hashtags
- Time Magazine: The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014
- Fast Company: Massive Egyptian Protests Powered by Youtube, Twitter, Facebook
- The New York Times: Tapes Answer Doubts on Confrontation With Iran
- The Weekly Standard: On Notice
- Information Week: Bloggers Rail Against Proposed N.Y. iPod Fine
- Slate: Tripoli Threat
- Crikey: How the FBI Hacked Users of Tor, the ‘Secret Internet’
- Dagbladet: Terror Suspect Wrote on Twitter After Boston Bombings: Be Safe, Folks
- ASPI: ASPI suggests: Washington, DC edition (II)
- Muftah: Blogging the War: An Interview with John Little of the “Blogs of War”
- L'Express: Marketing et réseaux sociaux: la communication de pro des djihadistes de l'EIIL
- CNN: Soldier 'Bloggers' Report from War