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Syria's lethal Facebook checkpoints
An anonymous tip from a highly reliable source: "There are checkpoints in Syria where your Facebook is checked for affiliation with the rebellious groups or individuals aligned with the rebellion. People are then disappeared or killed if they are found to be connected. Drivers are literally forced to load their Facebook/Twitter accounts and then they are riffled through. It's happening daily, and has been for a year at least."
boing-boing  war  facebook  social-media  twitter  internet  checkpoints  syria 
april 2014 by jm
Operation War Diary
Crowdsourcing transcription of some WWI artifacts: 'The story of the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War is waiting to be discovered in 1.5 million pages of unit war diaries. We need your help to reveal the stories of those who fought in the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today.'

(via Luke)
via:luke  war  history  war-diaries  wwi  uk  britain 
january 2014 by jm
Double vision: seeing both sides of Syria’s war
A skirmish is filmed, using HD video cameras, by both sides. Storyful pinpoint the location. War as panopticon
storyful  war  syria  future  tanks  battle  video  youtube  hd  panopticon 
march 2013 by jm
Tactical Chat: How the U.S. Military Uses IRC to Wage War
Excellent stuff. Lessons to be learned from this: IRC has some key features that mean it can be useful in this case.
1. simple text, everything supports it, no fancy UI clients are necessary;
2. resilient against lossy/transient/low-bandwidth/high-latency networks;
3. standards-compliant and "battle-hardened" (so to speak);
4. open-source/non-proprietary.
Despite the U.S. military’s massive spending each year on advanced communications technology, the use of simple text chat or tactical chat has outpaced other systems to become one of the most popular paths for communicating practical information on the battlefield.  Though the use of text chat by the U.S. military first began in the early 1990s, in recent years tactical chat has evolved into a “primary ‘comms’ path, having supplanted voice communications as the primary means of common operational picture (COP) updating in support of situational awareness.”  An article from January 2012 in the Air Land Sea Bulletin describes the value of tactical chat as an effective and immediate communications method that is highly effective in distributed, intermittent, low bandwidth environments which is particularly important with “large numbers of distributed warfighters” who must “frequently jump onto and off of a network” and coordinate with other coalition partners.  Text chat also provides “persistency in situational understanding between those leaving and those assuming command watch duties” enabling a persistent record of tactical decision making.
A 2006 thesis from the Naval Postgraduate School states that internet relay chat (IRC) is one of the most widely used chat protocols for military command and control (C2).  Software such as mIRC, a Windows-based chat client, or integrated systems in C2 equipment are used primarily in tactical conditions though efforts are underway to upgrade systems to newer protocols. 


(via JK)
via:jk  war  irc  chat  mirc  us-military  tactical-chat  distcomp  networking 
march 2013 by jm
The Eire Markings
An attempt to catalogue some Emergency-era (ie. WWII) ground markings, used to notify US pilots that they were overflying the neutral Republic of Ireland
ireland  eire  history  wwii  the-emergency  war  geography  mapping 
december 2012 by jm
The "MIG-in-the-middle" attack
or, a very effective demonstration of a man-in-the-middle interception and replay attack, from a 1980s Namibia-Angola war, via Ross Anderson
security  mig  war  mitm 
december 2012 by jm
I've been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result.
Epic Reddit post. "Parallels to '1984' off the top of my head: 3 superpowers, a "communist" leadership in which technology has reached as far as it needs to go (end of technology tree), barbarian (resistance) uprisings constantly being stomped out by the totalitarian government, nuclear war rendering most farmland useless, constant breaking and reassembling of treaties between the 3 superpowers, seemingly infinite war (due to the previous point), an ever present and all knowing leader making the decisions of the nation..." (via oceanclub)
via:oceanclub  gaming  games  civ  sid-meier  1984  politics  war  future  strategy 
june 2012 by jm

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