Iran, social media and intelligence

Complaints about the barrage of confusing and contradictory Twitter messages emerging from Iran’s upheavals are predictable, writes the Lowy Institute’s Sam Roggeveen.We’ve heard similar complaints for years now about the sheer volume of information available on the internet. How on earth are we supposed to make sense of it all?Such concerns are both entirely understandable and pretty pointless. There is no solution to the increasing complexity of our information environment, and in a free society, we should not want to reduce the amount of information available to us. All we can do is develop new and better tools for coping with that complexity.

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