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Peter W. Singer

Strategist, New America

Peter W. Singer
P. W. Singer is Strategist at New America and the co-author of "LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media."
Threats

Misinformation 2020: What the Data Tells Us About Election-Related Falsehoods

Here are urgent lessons from the year’s most-spread false themes — and the ones going viral right now.

Ideas

Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media

Safeguarding the social media ecosystem from hate speech and disinformation is all about tracking data and empowering users.

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How China Is Working to Quarantine the Truth About the Coronavirus

The authoritarian playbook — censor, distract, lie — is on full display.

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As Coronavirus Spreads, China’s Military Is Largely MIA

The PLA’s anemic participation is odd given its past performance, planning, and pronouncements.

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What Insurgency Will Look Like in 2030

The author of “Ghost Fleet” has some guesses — and some questions that U.S. defenders will have to answer.

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The US Needs a Cybersecurity Civilian Corps

Like the auxiliaries that arose during WWII, a new volunteer organization will help face today’s threats.

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What Taylor Swift Teaches Us About Online War

What is “real” has become what is real online.

Threats

National Security Pros, It’s Time to Talk About Right-Wing Extremism

We have been too quiet about a threat that is regularly killing our fellow citizens.

Ideas

What We Didn't Learn from Twitter's News Dump on Russiagate

The social-media company downplayed its role in Russia's election meddling. But it's still more transparent than Facebook.

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Cybersecurity’s Human Side: How Can We Solve Our People Problem?

First, stop undermining our own efforts to fill crucial jobs. Second, cast a wide net for useful lessons.

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War Goes Viral

How social media is being weaponized across the world.

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What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Get Wrong About the Future of War

They fail, they lack, they misunderstand, they pander, they don’t get, and they just don’t know national security – not according to our Future of War roster of experts.

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2016 Predictions: A Look Ahead at the Future of War

New America polled former Navy SEALs, Pentagon officials, technologists, historians — and here’s what they expect.

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Ask Your 2016 Candidate These Questions on Drone Warfare

Our country needs to know where its next commander-in-chief stands.

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What the ISIS Campaign Teaches Us About the Future of War

Winning today's fights still means reaching an actual victory, focusing on changing players, and heeding history.

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What Is the Future of War?

Facing a new inflection point, 'Future of War' project members sound off with their take on where conflict is headed in the 21st century.

Science & Tech

About Those Chinese Aircraft Carrier Pics: What We Know and What We Can Guess

There’s a lot to glean from the Google Earth pictures of China’s first homegrown aircraft. Assuming that’s what this is. By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer

Threats

Loose Lips Sink Ships, But What About Cybersecurity Leaks?

The lessons from the Snowden and Stuxnet leaks. By Peter W. Singer and Ian Wallace