Armine Ishkanian, 5 April 2011
The doctrinal commitment to new cyber and social technologies as a means of solving political problems needs to learn from the past and take a more realistic view, says Armine Ishkanian.
From Google Group The Next Net:
I just finished a conference call on the minimal mandatory requirements for liberation technology for a specific area (there are at least another 50 that would need the same stuff–a generic capability–but in 50 other languages).
1. $169 cell phone to satellite communications converters, but structured to look like some other popular digital music device, along with a turnkey solar-powered Internet hotspot.
2. Open satellite channel over the area in question that can receive collect calls from anyone in the area of interest using an announced number and one of the devices.
3. Downloadable encryption for any cell phone on a use and delete basis from the satellite channel…like digital one time pads with no residue.
3. Satellite radio into the area of interest with real news relevant to that population including news of the diaspora and exile leadership.
4. Internet steganography.
I thought CIA, BBG, and JSOG were supposed to be able to do all that. Evidently not. I am being told that a fund-raising campaign is starting up to provide these capabilities to no fewer than three areas, possibly expanding to sixteen, all privately funded because the USG is not doing it.
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Here is a sample headline that sums up the current state of US Government attention to “liberation technology.”
Phi Beta Iota: Ms. McCall is a very accomplished Discovery Channel executive with remarkable achievements in one to many broadcasting. She has been in her current position since 27 July 2010 and does not appear to be headed for Assistant Secretary status anytime soon. The Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs is Ms. Judith A. McHale, formerly President and CEO of Discovery Communications, parent of the Discovery Channel.
Reference: Open Source Agency (OSA) [Sister to BBG]
2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings
2006 Briefing to the Coalition Coordination Center (CCC) Leadership at the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM)–Multinational Intelligence: Can CENTCOM Lead the Way? Reflections on OSINT & the Coalition
2004 The New Craft of Intelligence: How “State” Should Lead
2004: Information Peacekeeping A Nobel Objective