Dissuasion, Disinformation, Dissonance: Complexity and Autocritique as Tools of Information Warfare

ABSTRACT

This paper argues that the cyber terrain offers opportunities for developing strategies and tactics of information warfare which are based on the techniques already deployed by anti- establishment actors: détournement, satire, and the appropriation and subversion of pre-existing media artefacts. It also argues that the inherent complexity, diversity, and apparent anarchy of the online realm aids, rather than threatens, the effective exercise of influence. Finally, it contends that information warfare and influence must be conducted through media, which are integral to the experience of the intended targets, and suggests that recent developments in gaming merit investigation.


AUTHORS

School of Art, Design, and Humanities, De Montfort University
UK

Dr. J.K.L. Scott is the Programme Leader for English Language at De Montfort University, Leicester (UK), where he is also a member of the Cyber Security Centre. His research is primarily concerned communication and culture, with particular interests in popular culture as a vehicle for ideology, and in the wider field of the mechanics of persuasion and influence.

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