Phil 2.17.18

Snow today

Random thought. Marches help because they literally put people in the same position, align them in a direction and enforce a common velocity.

Found this item about compromised Trump company servers. I think this could be framed as an example of excessive trust bringing high social inertia. This would be different from explicit command and control.

So why would the organization allow this? If it’s not fear, then it’s trust. Kramer describes trust arising from incremental and repeated exchanges. I’d like to extend that thought. These incremental and repeated exchanges need to happen in dimension-reduced spaces that are similar or appear to map to each other, and occur with respect to orientation alignment, position, and velocity. The more alignment in these three axis, the greater the trust, and the lower the perceived need for awareness outside the relationship.

Twitter is just full of this stuff today: How A Russian Troll Fooled America

  • Reconstructing the life of a covert Kremlin influence account (TEN_GOP)
  • The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

 

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