how the military is using online networks

David Weinberger observes that the web is a world, not a medium. Dan Baum reports in the New Yorker on What the generals don’t know that the U.S. military is learning this also.

“Lieutenant Keith Wilson, for example, read a “be on the look out” posting about insurgents who were wiring grenades behind posters of Moqtada al-Sadr, counting on Americans to detonate the explosives when they ripped the posters down. He spread the word among his men, and a few days later a soldier whom he’d sent to peel a poster off a wall peeked behind it first. Sure enough, a grenade was waiting.”

Key lessons from this article:
– People on the front lines know more than people above.
– Speed saves.
– Bit literacy is life literacy.