Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism
Haroon K. Ullah, Chief Strategy Officer, Broadcasting Board of Governors, advisor to three Secretaries of State and Richard Holbrooke’s Afghanistan/Pakistan team.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Dr. Ullah asks if we know that “the hottest social media star in the mid east is not an actor or sports star, but a radical Saudi cleric with 19 million followers”.
This powerful figure has gone virtually unnoticed in Western media. Why?
Social media has dominated the discourse of political events in the Muslim world — from the Arab Spring and its aftermath, to ISIS’s online recruitment. Yet the roles of social media in these events and the use of the dark web, hacking, and digital attacks have received little attention. In fact, Ullah argues most people in the West are not attuned to how social media can be used to manipulate thinking and promote extremism.
In his book, Haroon goes on to show how political parties, corporations, and governments have learned to exploit digital tools to target and mobilize audiences, to ultimately achieve power and status.
He believes its ability to persuade is so powerful that he even asks if we need a new “Manhattan Project” to launch an effort to counter social media’s power to manipulate people's thinking, and promote terror and extremism.
Join Us for this timely program at
Room 3111- Loma Linda University Centennial Complex
24760 Stewart St, Loma Linda, CA 92354
Free parking in Lot X
Reception & Talk - Space is limited, register early
Reception + talk = $20 members
Reception + talk = $25 non-members
Reception + talk = $30
Students = $0 (talk only 6:00 pm)
A former senior advisor to three U.S. Secretaries of State, with a special portfolio on digital transmedia strategy and countering violent extremism, Haroon K. Ullah has an amazingly broad area of expertise. In addition to his work for the government he is an award-winning author and Peabody TV Award recipient, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His latest book is Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy which will be available for purchase along with a book signing after the talk.
For questions call (909) 558-7446.
What can we learn about the power of social media to persuade that might apply also to issues in America?
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