• Meier Frye posted an update 1 year, 5 months ago

    Since 2015 US election and 2016 Brexit referendum upsets, foreign influence on democratic elections has changed into a hot topic. On John Oliver’s A week ago Tonight, a segment explained the simplicity tampering with voting machines which inspired me to write this short article. Before I buy into how basic and inexpensive it is to propagate disinformation on the internet, I’d like provide some background on why and the way more nations is going to be entering a digital warfare space in the future.

    Foundations of Geopolitics, the sunday paper drafted by the International Department with the Russian Secretary of state for Defence last 1997, paved the way being a philosophical instructions manual for dismantling and dethroning enemies and super-powers alike, using the ultimate aim of “Finlandization” its Europe. According to Wikipedia’s summary for the strategy:

    “Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook advocates a complicated program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded through the Russia special services.”

    In the 2015 US election sufficient reason for a meagre monthly budget of only $1.25M (estimated $15M annually), Russia’s Investigations Agency might provide the US election on the Republican Party. In terms of return-on-investment (ROI), Russia spends $36M per Mi-35 helicopter. It is no wonder then, that as Russia gains more territory and influence, its actual military expenses are decreasing.

    Military power is clearly an extremely costly ongoing expense where destabilization is pretty cheap and plentiful. But exactly how is that this done?

    Tactic 1: Discover the Fractures Then Divide & Conquer

    While using the example of the usa, this fracturing tactic was exquisitely executed by fuelling instability and actively supporting all dissident groups simultaneously to inflame tensions and divide communities. Enemies of america have been fanning the flames of white nationalism, gun rights groups, stoking anti-immigration sentiment as well as the vilification of refugees and Muslims happen to be most visible. Yet this only scratches the counter.

    But more subtle and vicious domestic attacks will be in support of fringe as well as other right-wing religious groups attacking women’s reproductive rights, gay marriage equality, homelessness and mental health.

    We are seeing generational divisiveness growing between Seniors and Millennials. There is a growing demonization of environmental stewardship (see baseless attacks and other trolling of Greta Thunberg) and attacks on democratically-held values in general.

    Long-term, inter-generational damage through the exploitation of the existing divides is seen in the gutting of america education system, diminishing use of healthcare for all those, ballooning deficits that our children and grandchildren will be saddled down by are a few of the long-term consequences to get gone through by this surprisingly inexpensive destabilization warfare technique.

    What were once cracks in an overarching national unity are becoming red line fractures within an artificially created, cold civil war. Most are now asking the fact that was completed to exploit these existing social divides?

    Tactic 2: Leverage a digital age intersection between behavioural economics, social media loopholes as well as the relative easy google search exploitation

    As a digital strategist and internet based marketer We have observed that many of the tactics offered to civilians were modified being weaponized against competing nations. Boosting social websites reach on divisive posts and influencers gave fringe groups the wrong sense they held popular yet controversial views.

    Social websites has a lot of loopholes that i often share to my online marketer followings to enable them to have more bang for buck with clients. It’s important to remember social websites platforms’ #1 goal would be to make you stay for the platform so long as possible for them to make ad revenue. This is done by revealing content they think help keep your self on a small bit longer. All of them are literally designed at some level to be addictive to all of us.

    I discuss within my marketing content the different exploitation opportunties that trick these social platforms into thinking your posts is viral by fooling the algorithm they rely on to distribute to users.

    For instance, with under $100 I can buy 10,000 twitter followers, automatically getting 1,000 retweets and favourites on 10 posts. For $100 of paid ads on twitter, you barely get any results. That’s because Twitter under-reports bot activity so that you can convince its shareholders that website engagement is increasing. It’s not simply Twitter – Facebook, Instagram, Youtube (Google), Snapchat and also Linkedin have the ability to precisely the same fundamental vulnerability. It is super easy to give false social proof to almost anything.

    Humans are hardwired with cognitive biases which are easily and regularly exploited by social websites platforms and search engines to create us believe that situations are more (or less) popular compared to what they really are. Increasingly we are most often getting stuck within our own social echo chambers and believe many people see things the same as us.

    There are legitimate grievances across the US economy like job losses from globalization and artificial intelligence resulting in increased economic inequality. But US citizens were manipulated and sentiment hijacked by populist narratives of being the victim in the government, elites, experts, Democrats, Mexicans, Muslims, and foreign allies.

    Tactic 3: Erode Trust & Global Alliances

    What’s worse, not simply was the aim achieved to destabilize the usa by facilitating the turning of your nation on itself, but additionally have its internal damage bleed Anti-Americanism into US-global relations. The surprise betrayal with the American-Kurd alliance could have lasting consequences on American credibility, leaving American soldiers and civilians more prone than ever.

    France, the first and the oldest international ally of america, is currently questioning simply how much it can depend upon the US following the abrupt pulling of US forces from Northern Syria without any consultations from NATO partners. As reported by the BBC,

    “Russia, which sees Nato like a threat towards the security, welcomes the French president’s comments as “truthful words.””

    It’s hard to say when exactly this second Cold War started, one thing is for sure: we’re woefully prepared to defend ourselves from disinformation and still have learned to avoid difficult political conversations.

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