Throughout history, wars have often turned on the success or failure of seizing the high ground. Waterloo, Gettysburg, the Battle of Hastings, D-Day all depended on taking the heights, and the results of these battles changed the tides of wars and history. Today is no different, but the high ground looks much different on the Internet. As I write in my article for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Strategic Policy Forum on Social Networks and National Security, social networking is a powerful tool for which governments must develop strategies for taking the high ground.

This Strategic Policy Forum is dedicated to researching the role of social media, blogs, web forums, chat sites and media-sharing platforms in modern life and the implications for national security. The Forum seeks to better understand what the internet high ground is and determine what we must do to seize it.