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Author speaks about weaponization of social media on Jan. 22

Jan 10, 2019

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Associate Director

Emerson Brooking
Author Emerson Brooking

The Robertson School is launching a new Speaker Series this spring semester. All events are are intended to be networking opportunities for students, alumni and the professional community for discussions about current media issues. They are free and open to the public.

Author Emerson Brooking will be the first speaker in the spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom B (907 Floyd Ave.). Space is limited and seats will be given on a first-come basis. His talk is titled "The Weaponization of Social Media." Brooking is the author of "Like War" and a DC-based expert on the relationship between the internet and conflict. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—the youngest researcher in a generation to receive such an appointment. He has served as an adviser on information warfare to the National Security Council, Joint Staff, and U.S. intelligence community.

According to Brooking, "through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, 'Twitter wars' produce real‑world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones."

Please also mark your calendars for the second speaker this semester: Kristen Cavallo, CEO of the Martin Agency, will speak on March 25 at 5 p.m. in the University Commons Theater.