Proliferation

Software as a Weapon: Factors Contributing to the Development and Proliferation

Abstract:

The concepts of cyber-arms races and cyber-weapon proliferation have been on the horizon for almost two decades, with Stuxnet often cited as a proof-of-concept. However, the factors driving an actor, for example, a state, to engage in development and proliferation are underexplored. Taking a theoretical approach, this paper seeks to determine the most important factors by comparing and contrasting traditional proliferation literature spanning nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, as well as small arms and light weapons.

Increasing and Visualising Meme Effectiveness

ABSTRACT

The Internet provides the ideal platform to disseminate messages which could potentially sway the opinions and behaviour of people. The ease, convenience, and transmission capabilities of the Internet facilitate the seamless transfer and replication of messages at a rapid speed.  Memes are popular ideas, messages, or styles that can be used as narrative networks to create influence. Social networking sites on the Internet are being used to rapidly send out memes.  However, in order for a meme to become popular it is imperative that the message initially captures the attention of users. This paper proposes a framework of high-level factors that can help increase the effectiveness of a meme.  Furthermore, the visualisation of meme proliferation is studied.

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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