An interesting paper on strategic gossipping as a form of information
warfare in reputation based networks (http://cogprints.soton.ac.uk/documents/disk0/00/00/21/12/index.html).
A lot of systems on the internet, like slashdot.org, are using reputation
based ratings as a form of decentralized collective/community control.
With a few glitches it's a strategy that basically seems to work.
Interesting how an integrated war strategy might take advantage.
Reputation systems are fun because because they can be endlessly tinkered
and debated, acting as a proxy for designing the ideal society.
It's hard to create new governments in the meat world, but in the digital
world we can set them up anytime and in endless variation. The internet
is one vast experiment in self governance even to the extent of having
old colonial powers trying to assert their control.
Interestingly girls have been using strategic gossiping tactics forever
as stunningly shown in the great article Girls Just Want to be Mean
article made me very glad as a guy i could count on just being hit
or something equally obvious. Girls are much crueler.