Coronavirus information confrontation

“Whoever understands that environment and its opportunities best will have the upper hand in this information confrontation. The US, as in many areas of competition with China – space, cyber, technology policy, supply chains – appears to have been caught flat-footed by Beijing’s shift in strategy.”

Full story here at The Age.

Jardin: Social media ‘created by jerks and exploited by our enemies’

A succinct quote from tech-culture figure Xeni Jardin on the inherent problem that social media presents for a functional democracy,

( To understand her use of the word “jerk”, click on the podcast link below.)

“The fact so much of our discourse happens on Twitter and Facebook is responsible for why so much of our discourse is so twisted…”

“I don’t want to be one of those GenX jerks who quotes Marshall McLuhan all over the place, but the ‘medium is the message’ and right now the medium are these social media apps that were created by jerks and they’re being exploited by our enemies.”

“How can anything good come from that?”

Heard here.