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Considering that the 2015 US election and 2016 Brexit referendum upsets, foreign impact on democratic elections has developed into a hot topic. On John Oliver’s Yesterday Tonight, a segment explained the ease of tampering with voting machines which inspired me to publish this post. Before I buy into how basic and inexpensive it really is to propagate disinformation on the internet, I’d like provide some background on why and just how more nations will be entering a digital warfare space within the coming years.
Foundations of Geopolitics, a novel drafted by the International Department in the Russian Secretary of state for Defence back 1997, led the way as being a philosophical instructions manual for dismantling and dethroning enemies and super-powers alike, with the ultimate aim of “Finlandization” for all of Europe. Based on Wikipedia’s summary for the strategy:
“Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook advocates an advanced program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded with the Russia special services.”
Through the 2015 US election and with a meagre monthly budget of just $1.25M (estimated $15M annually), Russia’s Investigations Agency was able to provide the US election to the Republican Party. In terms of 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 exactly how is that this done?
Tactic 1: Get the Fractures Then Divide & Conquer
While using 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 happen to be fanning the flames of white nationalism, gun rights groups, stoking anti-immigration sentiment and also the vilification of refugees and Muslims have already been most visible. Yet this only scratches the counter.
But more subtle and vicious domestic attacks come in support of fringe along with other right-wing religious groups attacking women’s reproductive rights, gay marriage equality, homelessness and mental health.
We are seeing generational divisiveness growing between Baby Boomers and Millennials. You will find there’s growing demonization of environmental stewardship (see baseless attacks along with other trolling of Greta Thunberg) and attacks on democratically-held values generally speaking.
Long-term, inter-generational damage in the exploitation of these existing divides sometimes appears in the gutting of the US education system, diminishing access to healthcare for all those, ballooning deficits that generations to come will be saddled down by some of the long-term consequences to be gone through this surprisingly inexpensive destabilization warfare technique.
What were once cracks in a overarching national unity are getting to be red line fractures in a artificially created, cold civil war. Lots of people are now asking the thing that was done to exploit these existing social divides?
Tactic 2: Leverage the digital age intersection between behavioural economics, social networking loopholes and the relative ease of internet search engine exploitation
Like a digital strategist an internet-based marketer I have observed that many of the tactics open to civilians were modified to get weaponized against competing nations. Boosting social media marketing reach on divisive posts and influencers gave fringe groups the wrong sense that they held popular yet controversial views.
Social media marketing has many loopholes that we often share to my web marketer followings for them to have more bang for buck with clients. It’s important to remember social media platforms’ #1 goal is always to help keep you on the platform as long as possible to allow them to make ad revenue. Edge in the game by displaying content believe that help keep your self on just a little bit longer. They are all literally designed at some level being addictive to all of us.
I discuss during my marketing content the different exploitation opportunties that trick these social platforms into thinking your posts is viral by fooling the algorithm they rely on to distribute to users.
As an example, with lower than $100 I could buy 10,000 twitter followers, automatically getting 1,000 retweets and favourites on 10 posts. For $100 of paid ads on twitter, you barely get any results. That’s because Twitter under-reports bot activity to be able to convince its shareholders that website engagement is increasing. It’s not simply Twitter – Facebook, Instagram, Youtube (Google), Snapchat and in many cases Linkedin all have precisely the same fundamental vulnerability. It is a breeze to give false social proof to just about anything.
Humans are hardwired with cognitive biases which are easily and frequently exploited by social websites platforms and check engines to make us think that things are more (or less) popular compared to what they really are. Increasingly we seem to be getting stuck in our own social echo chambers and believe most of the people see things exactly like us.
There was legitimate grievances round the US economy like job losses from globalization and artificial intelligence producing increased economic inequality. But People in the usa were manipulated and sentiment hijacked by populist narratives of being the victim of the government, elites, experts, Democrats, Mexicans, Muslims, and foreign allies.
Tactic 3: Erode Trust & Global Alliances
What’s worse, not merely was the thing achieved to destabilize the US by facilitating the turning of the nation on itself, but also have its internal damage bleed Anti-Americanism into US-global relations. The surprise betrayal with the American-Kurd alliance can have lasting consequences on American credibility, leaving American soldiers and civilians weaker than in the past.
France, the the oldest international ally of the United States, is now questioning how much it might depend on the united states after the abrupt pulling of US forces from Northern Syria without any consultations from NATO partners. As stated by the BBC,
“Russia, which sees Nato being a threat to its security, welcomes the French president’s comments as “truthful words.””
It’s tough to say just when this second Cold War started, but one thing is certain: we’re woefully willing to defend ourselves from disinformation and have been taught to stop difficult political conversations.
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