Global Data Shock : Strategic Ambiguity, Deception, and Surprise in an Age of Information Overload

Global Data Shock : Strategic Ambiguity, Deception, and Surprise in an Age of Information Overload

written by Robert Mandel, 1945- (Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019), 270 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Intelligence and security communities have access to an overwhelming amount of information. More data is better in an information-hungry world, but too much data paralyzes individual and institutional abilities to process and use information effectively. Robert Mandel calls this phenomenon "global data shock." He investigates how information overload affects strategic ambiguity, deception, and surprise, as well as the larger consequences for international security. This book provides not only an accessible framework for understanding global data shock and its consequences, but also a strategy to prepare for and respond to information overload.Global Data Shock explores how information overload facilitates deception, eroding international trust and cooperation in the post-Cold War era. A sweeping array of case studies illustrates the role of data shock in shaping global events from the 1990 Iraqi attack on Kuwait to Brexit. When strategists try to use an overabundance of data to their advantage, Mandel reveals, it often results in unanticipated and undesirable consequences. Too much information can lead to foreign intelligence failures, security policy incoherence, mass public frustrations, curtailment of democratic freedoms, and even international political anarchy. Global Data Shock addresses the pressing need for improved management of information and its strategic deployment.
Field of Interest
Global Issues
Author
Robert Mandel, 1945-
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2019 Stanford University Press
Content Type
Book
Duration
0 sec
Warning: Contains explicit content
No
Format
Text
Page Count
270
Publication Year
2019
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Place Published / Released
Palo Alto, CA
Subject
Global Issues, Politics & Current Affairs, Social Sciences, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, International Political Science, Customary International Law, General Context: Security Issues, Dissemination of information, Ciência Política Internacional, Ciencia Política Internacional, Direito Internacional Consuetudin‡rio, Derecho Internacional Consuetudinario, International Response, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Cyber-Security, Security and the Environment
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Ciência Política Internacional, Ciencia Política Internacional, Direito Internacional Consuetudin‡rio, Derecho Internacional Consuetudinario

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