2022-2023 Call For Collaborators: ATLAS-23
In 2019, COGSEC 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. Among other items, this map consisted of:
- The Facilitation of Robust, Emergent, and Remote Human Networks, Teams, Organizations, and “Wise-Crowds”
- Rapid Optimization of Remote Team Performance
- Rapid Detection of False Information and Indication of Bias
- Ability to Detect Narrative Campaigns by Threat Actors
- Machine Assisted Discovery of Heuristics
- Next Generation Knowledge Management Systems paired with Next Generation Pedagogical Frameworks to manage:
- Rapid Discovery of Knowledge Gaps and Chains of Inference
- Maintenance of Competence
- Rapid Optimization of Concept Learning and Explicit Memorization
- Multi-Perspective Engagement with Learning Materials
- Peer-Engagement and Deployment of More-Knowledgeable-Others
- Remote Learning and Continuing Professional Development
- Credential Management and Construction
From 2019 to the present moment, COGSEC has managed to maintain reasonable coherence 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 between 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.
In 2022, COGSEC had impacts beyond our initial expectations, in terms of internal and external publications, collaborations, and impacts 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 this year’s work 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 initiatives we made available, despite having the competence and the will; and that our ability to adequately adjust our headings and incorporate feedback each year will proportionally diminish under the pressure of a rapidly expanding community.
To this end, in the final months of 2022, and into 2023, we will be focusing our attention on providing affordances for modular contribution to a collaborative atlas, and on incorporating your feedback, guidance, interests, and concerns.
As recommended by work submitted to our 2022 volume, “Structuring the Information Commons: Open Standards and Cognitive Security”, and as suggested by the volume’s title itself, we cannot wait for the perfect tools to arrive. We need to begin structuring the information commons and provide affordances for synthetic intelligence now.