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Terrorism Is No Game, But Playing

Pilots practice in flight simulators, med students use VR to visualize surgeries, and government officials concerned with organized crime and terrorism play an online game created by the U.S. military called CounterNet. It’s not a shoot ’em up like Call of Duty or the government’s own America’s Army: Proving Grounds. Rather, CounterNet focuses on “the left side of the boom,” as project leader Ryan McAlinden calls it: The planning and organizing that takes place before an attack and, increasingly, online. Don’t think of the CIA master control room in the movie Jason Bourne or things the NSA can do. ….[READ]

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