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Teen Mob Hits Walgreens On The Mag Mile
June 23, 2011 6:31 PM

mobs are at it again on North Michigan Avenue.

Some 50 young people barged into a Walgreens at Michigan and Chicago on the Magnificent Mile on Tuesday afternoon. They took bottled drinks and sandwiches off the shelves, then ran off, CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

A police report says authorities were able to nab three of the thieves.

Walgreens says the store is working with police, helping investigators with video from the store security camera.

The Mag Mile earlier this year was hit by similar mobs of young thieves. Attacks on commuters and bicyclists have become violent, and police have stepped up patrols.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/06/23/teen-mob-hits-walgreens-off-the-mag-mile-steals/



Suspected flash mob rips off Upper Darby Sears
Published: Sunday, June 26, 2011

UPPER DARBY — A mob of about 40 people stormed into the Sears department store on 69th Street Thursday, and in a flash stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, officials said.

Police were able to round up 15 juveniles and one adult, 19, all from West Philadelphia.

“They came in on the El train and hit Sears,” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “They stole sneakers, socks, watches, whatever they could get their hands on, and left.

“Imagine the guts of this gang of young hoodlums. One was 11 years old. The others arrested ranged from 12 to 16 years old. They planned this out earlier in the day on a social networking site. It was pre-planned. They got on the El, got off at 69th Street Terminal and walked up the hill to Sears.”

More: http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/06/26/news/doc4e0696aaf127f552097776.txt?nstrack=sid:3501255|met:300|cat:0|order:1
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"Flash robberies" on the rise

Posted: 06/20/2011

It's a disturbing new trend called flash robberies.

Flash robberies occur when a group of young thieves -- target a store and ransack it. They often use social media to hatch their plan.

More + Video: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/national/%22flash-robberies%22-on-the-rise
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Peorians living in fear

This eye-witness account is from Paul Wilkinson, president of the Altamont Park Neighborhood Association:

Tonight, around 11 p.m., a group of at least 60-70 African American youth marched down one of the side streets (W. Thrush) to the 4 lane main drag (Sheridan). They were yelling threats to white residents. Things such as we need to kill alll the white people around here. They were physically intimidating anyone calling for help from the police. They were surrounding cars. Cars on the main drag had to slam on their brakes to either avoid the youth blocking not only all four lanes, but a large section of the side street as well. fights were breaking out among them. They were rushing residents who looked out their doors, going on to porches, yelling threats to people calling the police for help.

Cars were doing U turns on the streets just to avoid the mob, mostly male. One youth stated his grandfather was white and several assaulted him on the spot. One police officer answered the call. The youth split into two large groups, one heading north, the other south. They were also yelling racial threats to the police officer but he was outnumbered. Another police car did not show up until after the youth finally dispersed and the patty wagon (van) also eventually showed up.

Residents are very shaken, both black and white alike. This is the fifth large mob action in about a month with smaller groups of 10-12 are out threatening children and adults a few evenings a week or later into the night. The times vary, even occuring during the day. In talking to the police officer, they are short staffed. Residents were advised to simply keep inside and to lock their doors. In other words buckle down, it’s not even safe to sit on your porch or go into your yards.

“The fifth large mob action in about a month.” Wow. This is really outrageous. Why is this neighborhood having to put up with this? “Residents were advised to simply keep inside and to lock their doors”? Seriously? That’s the best we can do for our fellow citizens’ safety?

This needs to be addressed, and quickly.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:lHzJ2PFQcMEJ:peoriachronicle.com/+http://peoriachronicle.com/&hl=en&gl=us&strip=1

Seems like the best way to get scared white folk to consent to a police state....I would have been on my porch with my SKS if i saw that shit.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008252/Teenage-gang-charged-lynching-law-savage-attack-18-year-old-student.html

Looks like they're planning them all on Facebook....surprise surprise...who wants to bet the mastermind (read mole) didn't even show up?

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REINVENTING INTELLIGENCE
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/34100235/REINVENTING-INTELLIGENCE
Robert David Steele
25 Mar 2006

America is spending $70 billion a year on what it calls 'Intelligence,' and for that amount of money we are successfully stealing 5% and ignoring 95% of the information relevant to our national security and prosperity. We are long over-due for a reinvention of national intelligence.

Without belaboring the point, we would observe that secret intelligence has proven both ignorant, and ignorable. Technology is not a substitute for thinking, satellites are not a substitute for foreign language and area skills. Collection without sense-making, both automated and human, is both wasteful and falsely reassuring. Analysis by loyal citizens who were hired not for their depth of knowledge but because they could be 'cleared' by security officers with a high school education (i.e. the candidates did not spend a lot of time overseas and are ―easy' to validate)—and particularly analysis limited to secrets in isolation from historical or cultural context such as can only be found in open sources of information in foreign languages—is pathologically misleading. It should come as no surprise, then, to find that our national intelligence community is not only ignorant of reality, but easily ignorable by policymakers as well. Only public intelligence briefings can inoculate public policy against false politically-motivated claims that suggest secret intelligence validation when in fact no such validation exists.

This also imposes extraordinary additional costs on the individual tax-payer. Inadequate intelligence is at the root of three great drains on the U.S. Treasury: 1) it fails to blow the whistle on defense waste, where 90% of the acquisition dollars are spent on high-end systems relevant only to state-on-state warfare, which is 10% of the actual threat; 2) it fails to make the case for peaceful preventive measures or investments, including agricultural, cultural, diplomatic, educational, and information-sharing investments; and 3) it fails to identify and help collect the $600 billion a year in tax avoidance, corruptly-mandated subsidies, and illicit trade not subject to taxation—funds that could finance a reduction of the national debt, critical social programs cut to finance the war on Iraq and a bloated defense bureaucracy, and most especially—a completely new and modern approach to national education at all levels, embracing both life-long education and distance learning as well as new programs that combine social and economic internships with school learning.

As we enter the fifth year of a global war on terror, much of it of our own making from decades of virtual colonialism and predatory immoral capitalism, it is essential to point out that the end of cheap oil, the end of free clean water, the rise of pandemic disease, the proliferation of a cheating culture in America concurrent with uncontrolled illegal immigration, the reduction of scholarship and the increase of obesity, all, in combination, do not bode well for the Republic, nor for its allies. Absent the re-emergence of engaged informed citizens, the Republic is at risk of dissolution. Two complicatory revolutions have taken place in the past five years, and neither the policymakers nor the public have acknowledged them.

First, the Internet and hand-held devices have enabled all individuals to learn as much as they wish to from open sources in all languages. The publics of the world are no longer ignorant of global realities. This means that the five billion people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) are now the world’s one remaining super-power. We can empower them with wealth—we cannot kill them all before they overwhelm us directly or consume the finite resources of the Earth indirectly.

Second, the rise of suicidal terrorism, popularized by Iran and its off-spring Hamas and Hezbollah, who also pioneered Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), has established a new balance of power. It is America that is on the run, from the 'death of a thousand cuts' that can be applied with impunity to oil, water, and electricity connection points in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Al Qaeda will win this war by raising the price of oil to $300 a barrel, and there isn’t a thing we can do about it with our present penchant for governance by ideological fantasy.

All of our money is invested in the four secret 'pillars' or collection stovepipes, and virtually no money—quite seriously—no money of significance, is invested in either the open source intelligence foundation of this intelligence temple, nor in sense-making and mature analysts. We continue to hire young people rather than world-class experts, in part because world-class experts have complicated backgrounds and our security officers are unable to cope. We lack knowledge of history, culture, and all manner of foreign languages and local area understanding.

In today’s world it is not possible to win against asymmetric opponents unless you play by new rules. The 'old school'—government bureaucrats accustomed to unlimited budgets and secret methods not subject to accountability for failure, would try to bribe a player (HUMINT), put a 'bug' in the dug-out (SIGINT), 'sniff' the direction and speed of the ball(MASINT), or take a satellite picture of the field every three days (IMINT). The new craft of intelligence tells everyone they are part of the team, and if they catch the ball it is an out. OSINT harnesses what everyone sees and knows. It changes the rules of the game.

We must reinvent intelligence. Fortunately, this is happening outside of the government. Collective Intelligence, also known as 'Smart Mobs' or 'The Wisdom of the Crowds,' is ascendant. This New Craft of Intelligence recognizes that history matters, that cultural and biological diversity matter, that sharing information rather than stealing secrets is the primordial principle, and that sustaining the Earth is so complex as to demand a World Brain—a coming together of all men and women of good will to re-establish Communitas, eliminate war and waste and the contrived concept of scarcity, while creating sustainable stabilizing indigenous wealth everywhere.

Information can be used to deter and resolve conflict, and to create wealth. This is not, however, primarily the provenance of governments. Governments can serve as the catalysts and benefactors for what I call the Open Source Information System – External (OSIS-X), but governments are primarily the beneficiaries of contributions from what I have named the seven tribes of intelligence, each with its own unique direct and tacit knowledge to share: government, military, law enforcement, business, academic, ground truth (non-governmental and media), and civil (citizens, labor unions, religions). We need information-sharing agreements among these tribes.

As we enter the Age of Intelligence, we must realize that Weberian bureaucracy is now dead. The old justification for bureaucracy, to pigeon-hole knowledge, is not just passé, it is pathologically passé. We have built Iron Curtains between nations, Bamboo Curtains between Industries and Organizations, and accept Plastic Curtains between Individuals. The Internet has changed that. It is now possible to share knowledge securely and with both financial and moral integrity, across all boundaries. It is now possible to achieve what theboundaries. It is now possible to achieve what the Swedes call Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing (M4IS), and it is this concept, along with Collective Intelligence, that assures us of a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs in the near term future, of a bottom-up revolution.

'A Nation’s best defense is an educated citizenry.' Thomas Jefferson said that. Not only was he right  when he said it, but today, at the dawn of the Age of Intelligence, his words must lead us to realize that today U.S. 'intelligence' is upside-down and inside- out. It is upside-down because it relies on satellites  in outer space rather than human eyes on the ground; and it is inside-out because it tries to divine  intelligence unilaterally, without first asking the seven tribes of our coalition partners what they might  provide. We must have access to all information, in all languages, all the time: Information Operations  (IO) must now integrate but subordinate secret intelligence within a larger frame of public reference.

The only hijacked airplane that failed to hit its target on 9/11 was the one where citizens, armed with open  source information, took direct action. This is the model for our future, for the threats that face us, as well  as the opportunities, do not lend themselves to pre-planned centrally-controlled government direction.  Only a Smart Nation, a nation in which each person is both a collector and consumer of intelligence, able  to share information intelligently and in real time, will survive the tribulations to come.

Reinventing intelligence requires that we invest heavily in understanding the history of all peoples; that  we acknowledge the current perspectives of all faiths and tribes; and that we plan for a future of what  Stewart Brand calls 'The Long Now,' with intelligence supporting the principles of longevity, maintainability, transparency, evolvability, and scalability.

We may not be interested in reality just yet, but reality is most assuredly interested in us.


ACRONYMS
CIA Central Intelligence Agency, combination of HUMINT and all-source analysts
DO Directorate of Operations, today the National Clandestine Service
FBIS Foreign Broadcast Information Service, within CIA, modest open source monitoring
HUMINT Human Intelligence, generally clandestine or covert
IED Improvised Explosive Devices
IO Information Operations
IMINT Imagery Intelligence, relying exclusively on expensive secret satellites
M4IS Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information Sharing
MASINT Measurements & Signatures Intelligence, very esoteric
NGO Non-Governmental Organizations, custodians of 80% of what we need to know
NRO National Reconnaissance Office, builder of the satellites
NSA National Security Agency, responsible for secret eavesdropping of voice and data signals
OPG VPN Operational Planning Group Virtual Private Network
OSINT Open Source Intelligence, using only legally and ethically accessible information
OSS Office of Strategic Services (WWII), Open Source Solutions (modern)
SIGINT Signals Intelligence, relying heavily on expensive secret satellites and ground stations
UN United Nations, reliant heavily on direct observation and OSINT

REFERENCES
http://www.oss.net/BASIC Open Source Intelligence Familiarization Documents (Page of Hot Links)
http://www.oss.net/MIOC Concept for a Multinational Information Operations Center (MIOC)
http://www.oss.net/IO Briefing on Modern Information Operations IO) and the Available Book
http://www.oss.net OSINT in 30,000 pages from 1992 to date.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert David Steele Vivas is today the CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., a veteran-owned small business incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since 1988 he has focused on the need to reinvent intelligence by first establishing the separate discipline of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and then by focusing on sense-making through a new craft of intelligence that fully integrates history, culture, and all that can be known or intuited by the ―seven tribes.' Born in New York, he spent 20 years overseas as the son of an oilman, half in Latin America, half in Asia including four years in Viet-Nam. He completed his undergraduate education at Muhlenberg College, specializing in political science, with a thesis on home-host country issues with multinational corporations. His first graduate degree is from Lehigh University, specializing in international affairs, with a mini-thesis on the origin and purpose of the state, and a graduate thesis on predicting and analyzing revolution. Steele joined the United States Marine Corps in 1974, serving on active duty as an infantry officer including a Marine Expeditionary Force deployment (32 ships) during which he served as S-1/Adjutant for a 1,500 man Battalion Landing Team.

Joining the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1979, he went through accelerated training and served three back-to-back tours in Latin America as a clandestine case officer, including one tour as one of the first officers focused full-time on terrorism. He returned to serve three Headquarters tours in counterintelligence, advanced information technology and advanced technical (satellite) program evaluation. While in the CIA, he completed a second graduate degree with the Extension Program of the University of Oklahoma, specializing in public administration, with a thesis on strategic and tactical information management issues fornational security. He also completed the Naval War College non-residence program, earning a diploma with distinction. Having remained a Reserve officer with twice annual active duties as a Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) specialist, he helped draft the Marine Corps Intelligence Plan (MCMIP). Invited to resign from the CIA, he became the founding Special Assistant and concurrently the Deputy Director of the Marine Corps Intelligence Command (then Center).

He wrote the first official appeal for a national OSINT program in 1988, and spent four years trying to heal national intelligence from the inside, finally resigning on 1 April 1992 to campaign independently.

He is the author of three books, ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World; THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political; and INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time. He is also a contributing editor of PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future. His next book will define the remainder of his life and is tentatively entitled INFORMATION PEACEKEEPING: Empowering the Poor to Save the World. Recognition includes minor CIA, Department of State, and Department of Defense awards, and Pi Alpha Alpha (honor society for public administration). He has been twice-named to the Microtimes 100 (industry leaders and unsung heroes creating the future), and was featured in Year in Computers 2000. Alvin Toffler calls him ―the rival store' in War and Anti-War, where OSINT is depicted as the foundation for the future of intelligence. He is an elected member of the Silicon Valley Hackers Conference, and speaks to the Hackers on Planet Earth and 2600 Society in New York every two years. As a hobby, he reads, and is the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction books about national security and global issues. He is married to Kathy Lynette Steele nee Jones, a CIA veteran from  West Virginia. They have three children—a techno-artist, a reader, and a wide receiver—and re-affirmed their marriage in 2006.
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SMART MOBS AND TEEN MOBS IN US CITIES
RAND PUSHES FOR FUNDING OF "RED CELL" SMART MOB OPERATIONS TO EVALUATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UN TAKEOVER OF THE UNITED STATES VIA FAKE REVOLUTION
NATIONAL CLANDESTINE SERVICE BEGINS IMPLEMENTING THESE "RED CELL" OPERATIONS IN VARIOUS US CITIES LIKE PEORIA, IL

2002 (Over 9 years ago - funding authorized as part of overhaul of US Black Operations allowed by the false flag terror attacks on 9/11/2001)
http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/rheingold/rheingold_print.html

The big battle coming over the future of smart mobs concerns media cartels and government agencies are seeking to reimpose the regime of the broadcast era in which the customers of technology will be deprived of the power to create and left only with the power to consume. That power struggle is what the battles over file-sharing, copy protection, regulation of the radio spectrum are about. Are the populations of tomorrow going to be users, like the PC owners and website creators who turned technology to widespread innovation? Or will they be consumers, constrained from innovation and locked into the technology and business models of the most powerful entrenched interests?

In 1999 and 2000, Howard Rheingold started noticing people using mobile media in novel ways. In Tokyo, he accompanied flocks of teenagers as they converged on public places, coordinated by text messages. In Helsinki, he joined like-minded Finns who share the same downtown physical clubhouse, virtual community, and mobile-messaging media. He learned that the demonstrators in the 1999 anti-WTO protests used dynamically updated websites, cell-phones, and "swarming" tactics in the "battle of Seattle," and that a million Filipino citizens toppled President Estrada in 2000 through public demonstrations organized by salvos of text messages. Drivers in the UK used mobile communications to spontaneously self organize demonstrations against rising petrol prices. He began to see how these events were connected. He calls these new uses of mobile media "smart mobs."

For nearly two years, Rheingold visited hotspots around the world where smart mob technologies and societies were erupting. He had some idea of how to look for early signs of momentous changes, having chronicled and forecast the PC revolution in 1985 and the Internet explosion in 1993. He is now sees a third wave of change underway in the first decade of the 21st century, as the combination of mobile communication and the Internet makes it possible for people to cooperate in ways never before possible.

HOWARD RHEINGOLD has evolved from a modest, quiet, thoughtful working writer/editor into the flamboyant Howard "always ten years ahead of his time" Rheingold. From his dazzling hand-designed shoes to his vividly colored suits and his TV ads for Kinko's, he has invented his own character-spokesman, communications expert, celebrity, lecturer, writer, thinker, wise man, one of the first people to recognize the potential of a new medium for human communication. As Kevin Kelly says: "Anywhere Rheingold goes, I'll be there behind him."

Rheingold is the author of Virtual Reality, and The Virtual Community, and was the editor of Whole Earth Review and the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog.

This RAND CORPORATION Senior Scholar's new book is
Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.


Smart mobs use mobile media and computer networks to organize collective actions, from swarms of techo-savvy youth in urban Asia and Scandinavia to citizen revolts on the streets of Seattle, Manila, and Caracas. Wireless community networks, webloggers, buyers and sellers on eBay are early indicators of smart mobs that will emerge in the coming decade. Communication and computing technologies capable of amplifying human cooperation already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks. Already, governments have fallen, subcultures have blossomed, new industries have been born and older industries have launched counterattacks.

There are both dangers and opportunities posed by this emerging phenomenon. Smart mob devices, industries, norms, and social consequences are in their earliest stages of development, but they are evolving rapidly. Current political and social conflicts over how smart mob technologies will be designed and regulated pose questions about the way we will all live for decades to come.

A number of new technologies make smart mobs possible and the pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven't joined together yet. Wireless Internet nodes in cafes, hotels, and neighborhoods are part of it. The radio chips designed to replace barcodes on manufactured objects are part of it. Millions of people who lend their computers to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are part of it. The reputation systems used on eBay and Slashdot, and the peer to peer capabilities demonstrated by Napster point to other pieces of the puzzle.

Some mobile telephones are already equipped with location-detection devices and digital cameras. Some inexpensive mobile devices already read barcodes and send and receive messages to radio-frequency identity tags. Some furnish wireless, always-on Internet connections. Large numbers of people in industrial nations will soon have a device with them most of the time that will enable them to link objects, places and people to online content and processes. Point your device at a street sign, announce where you want to go, and follow the animated map beamed to the box in your palm; or point at a book in a store and see what the Times and your neighborhood reading group have to say about it. Click on a restaurant and warn your friends that the service has deteriorated.

The big battle coming over the future of smart mobs concerns media cartels and government agencies are seeking to reimpose the regime of the broadcast era in which the customers of technology will be deprived of the power to create and left only with the power to consume. That power struggle is what the battles over file-sharing, copy protection, regulation of the radio spectrum are about. Are the populations of tomorrow going to be users, like the PC owners and website creators who turned technology to widespread innovation? Or will they be consumers, constrained from innovation and locked into the technology and business models of the most powerful entrenched interests?

Telephone companies and cable operators, with enormous investments in old technologies, are moving to control who can build enterprises on the Internet, and the kinds of enterprises they can create. The expensive auctions of radio spectrum for next-generation "3G" mobile communications are threatened by the emergence of radically more cost effective technologies in the form of grassroots wireless networks.

The entire 1920s scheme for regulating the use of the electromagnetic spectrum is thrown into question by the invention of "cognitive radios" and other wireless technologies that put power into the hands of user communities rather than central broadcasters.

Five Hollywood movie studios and the four giant companies that dominate the global recording industry say they are trying to protect intellectual property, but are backing legislation and "protection devices" that will lock down computers and the Internet into a pay-for-play model in which only the largest players will be allowed to create or distribute content or services online, permitted to create new kinds of computers, or empowered to invent things like the Web.

Although the recording industry succeeded in shutting down Napster, and the legal arguments were about the theft of copyrighted music, the technical significance of peer-to-peer resource sharing is far greater than even the future of the music industry. Seventy million people used Napster within the first months of its existence. When tens of millions of people pool their computing power, many things become possible.

Seti@home uses the idle processing power of millions of PCs to search for life in outer space and other CPU-sharing "distributed computing" networks help search for new medicines, understand the immune system, crack codes, predict the weather. Wireless networks show that communication bandwidth can be pooled. Combining the data storage, computation, and communication power of millions of PCs makes possible entirely new kinds of science, business, and social enterprise, based on the emergent power of millions of individuals.

Combine wearable computing, wireless communications, and peer-to-peer resource sharing, and all the people in a building or a crowd walking down the street can join into ad-hoc networks.

As influential as the Internet has been, it has been, for the most part, confined to computers on desktops. Mobile communication and pervasive computing technologies are permeating every part of our professional and personal lives with Internet-enabled capabilities. Just as the microprocessor and the television screen combine into an entirely new technology with its own capabilities, the personal computer, and millions of computers linked through the global telecommunication network constitute an entirely new technology with its own capabilities, the Internet, the marriage of the mobile telephone and the Internet will result in far more than email or stock quotes in your pocket - the mobile Internet in a computation-pervaded environment will constitute an entirely new medium with its own properties.

Will the architecture and regulation of the emerging wireless Internet be dictated by and empower a few large, highly centralized institutions such as corporations and governments, or will it favor the cooperative innovations of millions of citizens - the way the architecture and regulation of the wired Internet made the Web possible?

The people who make up smart mobs cooperate in ways never before possible because they carry devices that possess both communication and computing capabilities. Their mobile devices connect them with other information devices in the environment as well as with other people's telephones.

Dirt-cheap microprocessors embedded in everything from box tops to shoes are beginning to permeate furniture, buildings, neighborhoods, products with invisible intercommunicating smartifacts. When they connect the tangible objects and places of our daily lives with the Internet, handheld communication media mutate into wearable remote control devices for the physical world.

The cost, size, and performing power of computers, video displays, and wireless communications are moving from the computer industry into the fashion industry, as wearable computers embedded in clothing become cost-effective. Ultimately, with peer-to-peer methodologies, reputation systems that mediate trust between strangers, and ad-hoc broadband networks, wearable devices will be desired, purchased, and used as much for their social capabilities as for their utility as information appliances.

There are the dangers as well as opportunities concerning smart mobs. I used the word "mob" deliberately because of its dark resonances. Humans have used our talents for cooperation to organize atrocities. Technologies that enable cooperation are not inherently pathological: unlike nuclear bombs or land mines, smart mob technologies have the potential for being used for good as well as evil.

Nevertheless, years before the September 11, 2001 attacks, commentator Thomas Friedman prophetically referred to "superempowered individuals" such as Osama Ben Laden who use modern technologies and networked organizations to execute acts of terrorism. RAND corporation analysts have pointed out that the Russian mafia and Colombian narcotics trafficking enterprises use "netwar" methods combining communication networks, social networks, and networked forms of organization.

On the other hand, when cooperation breaks out, civilizations advance and the lives of citizens improve. This is the big opportunity of smart mobs. Language, the alphabet, cities, the printing press did not eliminate poverty or injustice, but they did make it possible for groups of people to create cooperative enterprises such as science and democracy that increased the health, welfare, and liberty of many.

Just as medicine only became an effective weapon against illness when science furnished useful knowledge about the nature of diseases, the most effective use of communication and computer technologies could emerge from new scientific understandings of human cooperation. The most powerful opportunities for human progress are rooted not in electronics but in understandings of social practices. Sociologists, political scientists, evolutionary biologists, even nuclear warfare strategists have contributed the first clues that an interdisciplinary science of cooperation might be emerging.

Mobile communications and pervasive computing have the potential for magnifying cooperation far more powerfully than previous technologies; coupled with new knowledge about the social dynamics of collective action, smart mob technologies could make possible improvements in the way billions of people live.
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Mobile Media and Political Collective Action
RAND Corporation's Senior Social Architect: Howard Rheingold

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All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately