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    Who's Watching You Online?

    In recent years, the world has watched as Twitter and Facebook made political uprisings possible. In countries where dissidents previously had trouble making their voices heard and connecting with one another, these tools changed history. On the flipside, however, everyone from terrorists to foreign intelligence agencies rushed into the open … More

    Heritage's Carafano at SXSW Tech Conference: 'If You Care About Freedom, Care About Cybersecurity'

    If you care about freedom and prosperity, you ought to care about cybersecurity. That’s what Heritage’s James Carafano told an audience at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. Cybersecurity, a growing issue of concern around the world, was a hot topic at the nation’s … More

    Heritage's Carafano Chosen for South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference

    Heritage’s James Carafano, Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, has been chosen to speak on cybersecurity and cyber warfare at the acclaimed South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas in early 2014. SXSW is the premier tech and social media event in the country, where thousands … More

    Diplomacy in 140 Characters: U.S. Social Media Efforts Ineffective

    Diplomacy is evolving. “Warriors of the cyber heights can more effectively use information to drive the debate, galvanize action, or befuddle the masses,” Heritage’s James Carafano points out in his book Wiki at War. According to a “Twiplomacy” report by public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, the world’s leaders and diplomatic services … More

    Israel and Hamas Wage Twitter War

    Israel has been live blogging on its attacks as well as major strikes upon it by Hamas during the most recent crisis. Israel and Hamas have been active on social media sites such as Twitter, indicating the importance both sides see in the public relations element of this conflict. While … More

    Scribecast: How Kony 2012 Went Viral

    Invisible Children brought worldwide attention to Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army with a wildly popular documentary called “Kony 2012.” The 30-minute film depicted Kony’s violent militia in Central Africa. It currently has more than 87 million views on YouTube. The film’s success raised awareness about Kony and also … More

    Protecting America from Online Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism

    When 22-year-old Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison this past year, many casual observers wondered aloud how a middle-class kid from Virginia could have descended into a world of Islamist-inspired fundamentalism, promoting violence and extolling the virtues of Islamist propaganda. Within America’s counterterrorism community, however, examples … More

    Internet Can Fuel Both Sides of Conflicts

    You send and receive them all the time: friend requests, tweets, wall posts, etc. For most of us, our regular routine of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites doesn’t seem particularly dangerous. Few would even consider such activities as part of a larger conflict. In Wiki at War, Heritage’s … More

    Heritage Expert’s New Book Addresses Battle for the Internet

    Today we have access to vast amount of information at the click of mouse but are also faced with those who seek to steal secrets, disable defenses, or otherwise use the Internet for their own purposes. Heritage’s James Carafano addresses these threats in his new book, Wiki at War: “The … More