2004 Pelton (US) Value-added Citizen Blogs, Forums, and Wars

Civil Society, Collective Intelligence, Historic Contributions

Robert Young Pelton
Robert Young Pelton

Robert Young Pelton at IOP ’06 17-19 January 2006,

Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner, Virginia

notes..? :)))  I like to keep it simple.  My presentation was simply on using value-added nodes to attract and nurture intel providers. Examples were the world of Blogs and forums to generate ground intel


www.comebackalive.com a chat site for a wide spectrum of adventurers, mercenaries, jihadis, travelers, students and others. Example was instructions on how to get into Grozny took three days and only about 5 entries to nail it.

www.kathryncramer.com a housewife from New York who did extraordinary reporting on the coup in Equatorial Guinea from her kitchen, while changing diapers

Yahoo forums pmc Group PMC <PMCs@yahoogroups.com> where 600 people register, about two dozen post and around 300 or journos hover to snatch up tidbits from private military contractors.

The information/disinformation battle going on between Keith Idema at www.superpatriots.us/ versus stuporpatriots.blogspot.com/  and Idema's use of proxy bloggers like Caosblog.com to create a sense of false support

Then I talked about America's Most Wanted, reality shows and how the US government could harness this form of value added node (and of course the web) to hunt down criminals like Bin Laden.

Finally I challenged government, intel and big corporations to harness these new forms of intel networks to make the world a smarter, safer place!


PS thanks for having me, it’s always a pleasure to hang out with the odd and educated!

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