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DECEMBER 2018 MONTHLY QUIZ PRIZE
LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
by P. W. Singer
Were you looking for more reasons to worry about the future, or the present? LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media will fuel your nightmares. P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking’s treatise travels well beyond the disinformation and fake news we’re all now familiar with (right?), addressing the ways the internet and our social networks will be deployed in actual war: recruiting terrorists, inflicting sabotage remotely on a vast scale, and even Matrix-grade reality manipulation.
Backed by over 100 pages of notes, LikeWar is sober, deeply researched, and still compulsively readable. Comparisons to On War and The Art of War are apt, while likely optimistic—given the accelerating pace of technology, any reasonable futurist can expect to see their predictions become obsolete in three to five years, or maybe two. But even if the specifics change, the principle holds: Disruption is coming, and we are not ready. It’s frightening, but as individuals, we are far from helpless. As Singer and Brooking conclude, “Social media is extraordinarily powerful…. Yet within this network, and in each of the battles on it, we all have the power of choice.” —Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review
Source: Amazon.com Review
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Here’s last week’s questions and answers:
WHAT IN THE WORLD? QUIZ
WEEK OF DEC 17-23, 2018
1. A U.S. Senate report disclosed Sunday warned that social media had moved past the original purposes of sharing and community “to being a computational tool for social control, manipulated by canny political consultants and available to politicians in democracies and dictatorships alike.” It specifically addressed findings that:
A. Russia used every major social network to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election and continued its support after he was elected president.
B. Multinational corporations are influencing social media consumers in areas as diverse as climate change, immigration issues and multilateral defense institutions.
C. China has used social media to respond to Trump Administration tariffs and trade tightening measures by appealing to Americans impacted by the actions.
D. North Korean social media campaigns have lured Americans to the country only to find they are subject to detection and ransom demands.
Correct Response: A. Russia used every major social network to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election and continued its support after he was elected president.
2. President Vladimir Putin has asked the Ministry of Culture to “take charge” of this form of expression saying, “What I really agree with is that if it is impossible to stop it, it should be taken over and navigated in a particular way.”
B. Coffee shop political gatherings
C. Rap music
D. Underground art crawls
Correct Response: C. Rap music
3. Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday that President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart the United States was working on extradition of THIS U.S.-based Muslim cleric who has been in exile in America for almost twenty years. He has been long sought by Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan on claims of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt. THIS figure was also named as a target of an alleged plot involving Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to orchestrate a return to Turkey.
A. Abdullah Gul
B. Fethullah Gulen
C. Mevlut Cavusoglu
D. Jamal Khashoggi
Correct Response: B. Fethullah Gulen
4. The decades old territorial conflict between India and Pakistan over THIS princely state in the northernmost reaches of the sub-continent has flared after several years of quiet. Over 200 militants, 100 civilians and 80 security officials have been killed this year. This week seven civilians died when Indian security forces fired upon people protesting the deaths of three militants killed in a gun battle. THIS troubled region is what?
A. Sri Lanka
D. Jammu and Kashmir
Correct Response: D. Jammu and Kashmir
5. Over 10,000 protestors marched in Budapest in the fourth march in a week against new labor laws that included a provision for up to 400 hours of mandatory overtime work with delayed payments up to three years later. THIS Hungarian Prime Minister who hailed the reforms as necessary to fill labor shortages is seen as an increasingly authoritarian leader.
A. Prime Minister Andrezq Duda
B. Prime Minister Viktor Orban
C. Prime Minister Alexander Lukashenko
D. Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko
Correct Response: B. Prime Minister Viktor Orban
6. The future of Brexit – the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union set for March 2019 – is increasingly perilous for British politicians who are at an impasse over the separation. Prime Minister May has sought assurances from the EU for a guarantee against a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland, part of the UK, and the Irish Republic. The insurance policy London wants in place is known as THIS.
B. Dublin Accord
C. Derry Line
D. March 29th Protocol
Correct Response: A. Backstop
7. A Balkans parliament voted on Friday, December 14 to create a 5,000 soldiers standing army. Which country approved the measure and which country suggested the new army could provoke military intervention?
A. Kosovo and Albania
B. Bosnia and Serbia
C. Albania and Macedonia
D. Kosovo and Serbia
Correct Response: D. Kosovo and Serbia
8. THIS country recently recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but will not yet relocate its embassy there:
9. THIS U.S. Senator led the effort for a resolution in the Senate that explicitly called Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “responsible” for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and said the Kingdom’s “erratic actions” have “undermined trust and confidence in the longstanding friendship.” What GOP Senator has been behind the pushback against the Trump Administration’s ambivalent position regarding Crown Prince Mohammed’s involvement?
A. Senator Rand Paul
B. Senator Mitch McConnell
C. Senator Lindsay Graham
D. Senator Bob Corker
Correct Response: D. Senator Bob Corker
10. France topped the UK in the World Cup of THIS new sport at a championship tournament held in Morocco last week. It combines elements – equipment and venues – of two popular international sports.
Correct Response: D. Footgolf
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