02-22-2013 | Postcards from Davos

PDF: Global Risks 2013 - World Economic Forum

"Digital Wildfires in a Hyperconnected World: In 1938, thousands of Americans confused a radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds with an official news broadcast and panicked, in the belief that the United States had been invaded by Martians. Is it possible that the Internet could be the source of a comparable wave of panic, but with severe geopolitical consequences?"

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