In 2019, set out a “map” designed to harness the interests of the market in order to address some critical aspects of the world’s education and cognitive security related risks. From 2019 to the present moment, COGSEC.org has managed to maintain coherence and productivity in the navigation of this terrain through thoughtful planning, openness, and deference to the broad community of citizens who provide feedback, effort, time, and, perhaps most importantly, hope that the risks we seek to address can be collaboratively mitigated - and that there exists in the nexus among organizations and nations some global coalition of the willing, capable, and available that can, in moments of need, find mission alignment across cultural, linguistic, ideological, and national boundaries to carry weight that no individual could do alone.
Through 2022, COGSEC had impacts beyond our initial expectations, in terms of internal and external publications, collaborations, and influence on other programs and initiatives. While a successful initiative tends to engender a focus on maintenance - it is necessary that we reflect as much on what worked as on what didn’t. Among the most important insights generated from the work of 2019-2022 was that many of the individuals most interested and passionate about participating simply do not have the time or affordances to participate in the kinds of small-team projects we made available, despite having the competence and the will; and that failing to accommodate this would mean that our ability to adequately adjust our headings and incorporate feedback each year would proportionally diminish under the pressure of a rapidly expanding community. As we look at the docket of invitations such as local in-person Cognitive Security chapters (in Davis, California and soon elsewhere), assist with multinational initiatives across multiple fields of application, and facilitate adjacent communities - we recognize the need to adapt in order to surf the exponential wave.
To this end, we focused our attention on recommendations arising from our 2022 volume “”, and acknowledged that we cannot wait for the perfect tools to arrive - that we need to begin providing affordances for synthetic intelligence now. This ongoing .
We want to enable larger numbers of people to impact their own Cognitive Security through meaningful engagement with learning and exploratory materials on patterns of practice and risk - and to impact a larger community and society through contributions to these materials.
We are now placing significant effort and attention on providing affordances for modular contribution to a collaborative ATLAS, to allow for contribution to community artifacts at a much larger scale. A community ATLAS, in short, is a generalized common vulnerabilities and exploits (CVE) tool comprised of modular publications and mini-publications - this modularity allows different communities with disparate mission, expertise, perspectives and interests to trade in information selectively, and for re-rendering based on use-case or project-scope. In practical terms - imagine being able to rapidly generate the handbook on Your Cognitive Security based on your role, personality and current circumstances, strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities.
For example, here is what it looks like to search for a cognitive pattern
The current COGSEC ATLAS is an experimental build of an ATLAS using the knowledge and data management platform. It asks for contributions of writing and discrete answers to questions in modular blocks.
For example, here is what it looks like to submit an answer to a question
ATLAS is a federated system, or “verified information environment” (VIE), built on community trust, and peer vetting through collaborative work. This is a result of carefully navigating the tradeoff frontier found in the need to confirm an identity of a contributor without necessarily revealing their true or only identity. This federated system requires you to have a account, but allows for contributors to submit contributions anonymously.
There are development and contribution related Milestones on the long road to having a functional, flexible, well-curated ATLAS.
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