Author Archives: jrahaghi

In Assessing Social Media, Context is Everything

Information warfare has been around for years, and social media technology is the latest addition to the practitioner toolkit. A recent Washington Post article tries to put this on-going development into perspective by mentioning Russia’s messaging strategy for the Ukraine … Continue reading

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Why ISIS Is So Good At Digital Strategy

The use of technology – particularly of the Internet – is nothing new for terrorist groups. Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) used effective online outreach several years ago by departing from standard ideological messaging to showcase battlefield footage and glamorize jihad … Continue reading

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Enough with travel snobbery. There is no “right way to travel.”

The NYT and The Guardian have recently featured criticism of the idea of “bucket list” and “must see” travel, with the implication that there is a right way and wrong way to experience life and overseas.  There are legitimate criticisms … Continue reading

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Can “Poke” be a new model for thinking about privacy?

The comments at the end of Mike Elgan’s Computerworld article caught my attention because of the views on privacy.  In his post, he discusses the notion of privacy settings and not keeping messages and pictures forever.  He feels there should … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the “Occupy” Movement

A lot has been written about Occupy Wall Street and what it means. There are several different angles to view this phenomenon from, in terms of its message, conduct, and effectiveness. I have questions about all three, and my biggest … Continue reading

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The First Jump

I’ve been posting about social technology but wanted to change gears and detail my first skydive experience.  I went to Skydive New England in Maine, and did the Advanced Free Fall (AFF) course. The class lasted around 7 hours or … Continue reading

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Funny isn’t it? Exactly the point.

I’ve researched and written quite a bit on the role of social media in protest and mass uprising.  I’ve bored many people to tears about the use of Twitter and Facebook in the Middle East and their potential role in … Continue reading

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