I’m still around, just encountered some unexpected turbulence that broke the blogging cycle. Posting will resume shortly. There are a few posts sitting in the wings, including a couple of guest posts.
In the meantime, check out CTLab’s online symposium covering Peter W. Singer’s Wired for War. I’ll be posting a few entries over there (as well as here) over the next week. See my article Combat Robots and Perception Management published in Serviam magazine last year (my post on the article is here).
Also, for an organizational chart of unmanned warfare units, see Project ACORN from 2007.
On the subject of public diplomacy, it appears “imminent” is a relative term when it comes to nominating Judith McHale as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy. Last week I rushed to post “Future of Public Diplomacy” after a DC paper declined because I was sure the rumors were true that McHale’s nomination would be announced any minute. But alas, her official status has not changed. Congress begins a two week recess this Friday, so if she’s not nominated this week, the numbers on the chart at Whither Public Diplomacy will grow significantly. You don’t suppose they’ll do a recess appointment?! Please no… Why won’t the Secretary at least announce McHale?
- In The New York Times, Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries (congrats Raf and Ron for getting the attention your report deserves)
- Chris Albon’s important reminder about IEDs: Data and Tragedies.
- Mark Safranski’s A Mexican Standoff with Reality
- ProPublica becomes a model for Huffington Post… whither traditional media?
- Bob Brewin heads to an event I’ve been meaning to attend for years (as a racer in the “heavy” division, although I think my window for doing that is closed)
- and for something different, using Twitter to hunt Korean tacos. (No personal experience – yet – but my brother-in-law says it’s really good.) There Twitter is here.