Influence

Using Values-Based Cultural Data to Shape Information Operations Strategies

Abstract:

People are important: they design, use, and defend information systems, and are the targets of ‘softer’ information operations. People can be understood from many different perspectives, including national culture characteristics, personality traits, and cultural history. An intriguing research question to explore is how values, beliefs, and cultures affect the design, strategy, and implementation of information operations.

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.

Journal of Information Warfare

The definitive publication for the best and latest research and analysis on information warfare, information operations, and cyber crime. Available in traditional hard copy or online.

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