• Meier Frye posted an update 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Considering that the 2015 US election and 2016 Brexit referendum upsets, foreign affect on democratic elections has become a hot topic. On John Oliver’s A week ago Tonight, a segment explained the simplicity of tampering with voting machines which inspired me to publish this short article. Before I get into how easy and inexpensive it’s to propagate disinformation on the internet, I’d like provide some background on why and exactly how more nations will probably be entering a digital warfare space within the future.

    Foundations of Geopolitics, the sunday paper drafted through the International Department with the Russian Ministry of Defence back in 1997, paved the way as being a philosophical instructions manual for dismantling and dethroning enemies and super-powers alike, with all the ultimate purpose of “Finlandization” for all of Europe. In accordance with Wikipedia’s summary around the strategy:

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

    During the 2015 US election with a meagre monthly budget of only $1.25M (estimated $15M annually), Russia’s Investigations Agency surely could give you the US election to the Republican Party. Regarding return-on-investment (ROI), Russia spends $36M per Mi-35 helicopter. It is no surprise then, that as Russia gains more territory and influence, its actual military expenses are decreasing.

    Military power is clearly a really costly ongoing expense where destabilization is fairly cheap and plentiful. But how exactly is that this done?

    Tactic 1: Find The Fractures Then Divide & Conquer

    Using the demonstration of america, 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 already been fanning the flames of white nationalism, gun rights groups, stoking anti-immigration sentiment and the vilification of refugees and Muslims have already been most visible. Yet this only scratches the counter.

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

    We are seeing generational divisiveness growing between Middle-agers and Millennials. There is a growing demonization of environmental stewardship (see baseless attacks as well as other trolling of Greta Thunberg) and attacks on democratically-held values normally.

    Long-term, inter-generational damage from the exploitation of those existing divides is viewed within the gutting of the usa education system, diminishing entry to healthcare for all, ballooning deficits that our children and grandchildren is going to be saddled down by are a few of the long-term consequences being felt by this surprisingly inexpensive destabilization warfare technique.

    What were once cracks within an overarching national unity are getting to be red line fractures in the artificially created, cold civil war. The majority are now asking the thing that was implemented to exploit these existing social divides?

    Tactic 2: Leverage a digital age intersection between behavioural economics, social media loopholes along with the relative simplicity of google search exploitation

    Like a digital strategist and online marketer I’ve observed that lots of the tactics available to civilians were modified to be weaponized against competing nations. Boosting social media marketing reach on divisive posts and influencers gave fringe groups the wrong sense that they can held popular yet controversial views.

    Social networking provides extensive loopholes which I often share to my internet marketer followings for them to read more bang for their buck with clients. It’s donrrrt forget to remember social media platforms’ #1 goal would be to help you stay on the platform provided that possible so they can make ad revenue. Edge in the game by demonstrating content they are help keep you on a bit longer. They all are literally designed at some level being addictive to us.

    I discuss within my marketing content the various 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’m able to buy 10,000 twitter followers, automatically getting 1,000 retweets and favourites on 10 posts. For $100 of paid ads on twitter, you barely have any results. That’s because Twitter under-reports bot activity in order to convince its shareholders that site 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 quite simple to offer false social proof to just about anything.

    Humans are hardwired with cognitive biases which can be easily and frequently exploited by social networking platforms and appearance engines to generate us think that the situation is more (or less) popular compared to what they really are. Increasingly we seem to be getting stuck in your own social echo chambers and believe a lot of people see things similar to us.

    There were legitimate grievances around the US economy like job losses from globalization and artificial intelligence producing increased economic inequality. But Us residents 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 only was desire to achieved to destabilize the US by facilitating the turning of a nation on itself, but also have its internal damage bleed Anti-Americanism into US-global relations. The surprise betrayal with the American-Kurd alliance may have lasting consequences on American credibility, leaving American soldiers and civilians more vulnerable than previously.

    France, the the oldest international ally of the usa, has become questioning the amount it might depend upon the united states following the abrupt pulling of US forces from Northern Syria without consultations from NATO partners. As stated by the BBC,

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

    It’s hard to say when exactly this second Cold War started, but one thing is certain: we’re woefully ready to defend ourselves from disinformation and have learned to stop difficult political conversations.

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