Opinion Paper

Is The IW Paradigm Outdated? A Discussion of U.S. IW Theory

ABSTRACT

The term information war (IW) helped describe one aspect of the unfolding revolution in military affairs in the 1990s. Today, technological developments are integrating the data processing capabilities of machines and the mind in ways not possible a decade ago. As a result, the old IW paradigm may no longer be applicable, making other potential paradigms and terms worthy of consideration. As the future unfolds, it will be interesting to see if Pentagon theorists use IW or a new term to express a threat to the security of the country, a category of warfare, a method of defense or influence, or leave the concept alone as a conceptual umbrella for a host of terms. Or, will the Pentagon simply update IW theory, perhaps developing Information Peace or Mind-Machine concepts that complement IW?

e-Democracy – an invitation to i-Warfare?

ABSTRACT

e-Democracy, which is the latest development in the in the relentless role out from the intellectual production line of Internet and Web applications, is going to increase the opportunity for Information Warfare (i-Warfare) a hundred fold. This new set of ideas and concepts is believed in some circles to be even more important to our society than e- Commerce and e-Business.

Islamist Militants on the Internet

ABSTRACT

The problem of online radicalisation is at the nexus of two key trends: the democratisation of communications driven by user generated content on the Internet; and the democratisation of strategic violence driven by mass-casualty non-state terrorism. How can governments capitalise on the first trend to counter the second?

Reframing the Narrative of the Global War on Terrorism

ABSTRACT

The election of President Obama has created a unique opportunity for the United States in the Muslim world. President Bush’s over-aggressive tone played a large part in alienating opinion and fanning the flames of anti-Americanism, as Muslims felt that he was a warmonger and unwilling to compromise. Obama’s recent speech in Cairo showed his appreciation that a line must be drawn under this and a new approach taken. While key policy continuities remain, Obama is approaching these issues from a fundamentally different angle – he seeks, and appears to seek, engagement; Bush, too many Muslims, appeared to seek confrontation.

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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