I’m in the process of putting together a project in which I will attempt to articulate the understanding I’ve come to about what we are currently experiencing in the US (and beyond) - one element I want to include is a glossary of terms, as I find these so helpful and such an underutilized tool for building shared understanding. In my glossary are a number of terms that others in this community might be able to help define - I would be tremendously grateful for that help. I am a synthesizer by nature and can read well across disciplines but would not claim expertise in most.
I’m including the full list below - as you’ll see, some are clearly tech terms, some are related and some are from other disciplines. This community has amazing people, so I won’t guess which terms folks can help define - hence the full list.
One note - I want to define these terms in ways a lay person can understand - that is, with clear language that doesn’t use other technical terms. If anyone wants to correspond offline, my personal email address is email@example.com. Thanks for considering this request - I will of course share the product of this work with this community. Here’s the list of terms:
Glossary (definitions to follow)
Propaganda bot, bot networks, and trolls
Cyber warfare (see also cyber psychological warfare)
Social norms engineering
Surveillance machine (see also surveillance capitalism)
Denial of service attack
IRA – Internet Research Agency