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Since 2015 US election and 2016 Brexit referendum upsets, foreign relation to democratic elections has become a hot topic. On John Oliver’s The other day Tonight, a segment explained the tranquility of tampering with voting machines which inspired me to publish this post. Before I get into how simple and easy , inexpensive it really is to propagate disinformation on the internet, I’d like provide some background on why and the way more nations will probably be entering digital warfare space from the future years.
Foundations of Geopolitics, a book drafted by the International Department with the Russian Ministry of Defence back 1997, led the way like 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 about the strategy:
“Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook advocates a sophisticated program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded from the Russia special services.”
During the 2015 US election sufficient reason for a meagre monthly budget of just $1.25M (estimated $15M annually), Russia’s Research Agency was able to provide the US election on the Republican Party. In terms of return-on-investment (ROI), Russia spends $36M per Mi-35 helicopter. It is no wonder then, that as Russia gains more territory and influence, its actual military expenses are decreasing.
Military power is clearly an incredibly costly ongoing expense where destabilization is relatively cheap and plentiful. But exactly how are these claims done?
Tactic 1: Discover the Fractures Then Divide & Conquer
Using the demonstration of the usa, 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 have already been fanning the flames of white nationalism, gun rights groups, stoking anti-immigration sentiment as well as the vilification of refugees and Muslims have been most visible. Yet this only scratches the counter.
But more subtle and vicious domestic attacks have been in support of fringe and other right-wing religious groups attacking women’s reproductive rights, gay marriage equality, homelessness and mental health.
We are seeing generational divisiveness growing between Middle-agers and Millennials. There exists a growing demonization of environmental stewardship (see baseless attacks along with other trolling of Greta Thunberg) and attacks on democratically-held values in general.
Long-term, inter-generational damage from the exploitation of those existing divides is viewed within the gutting of the usa education system, diminishing usage of healthcare for many, ballooning deficits that generations to come will be saddled down by some of the long-term consequences to get gone through by this surprisingly inexpensive destabilization warfare technique.
What were once cracks in a overarching national unity have become red line fractures in a artificially created, cold civil war. The majority are now asking that which was implemented to exploit these existing social divides?
Tactic 2: Leverage the digital age intersection between behavioural economics, social media marketing loopholes along with the relative easy internet search engine exploitation
Being a digital strategist and internet-based marketer We’ve observed that lots of the tactics available to civilians were modified to become weaponized against competing nations. Boosting social websites reach on divisive posts and influencers gave fringe groups the wrong sense they held popular yet controversial views.
Social networking provides extensive loopholes that we often share to my affiliate marketer followings to allow them to acquire more bang for his or her buck with clients. It’s important to remember social networking platforms’ #1 goal is always to help keep you for the platform as long as possible for them to make ad revenue. This is done by demonstrating content they think help keep you on a bit longer. They are all literally designed at some level to become addictive to us.
I discuss in my marketing content the different exploitation opportunties that trick these social platforms into thinking your content is viral by fooling the algorithm they count on to distribute to users.
By way of example, with under $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 so that you can convince its shareholders that website engagement is growing. It’s not merely Twitter – Facebook, Instagram, Youtube (Google), Snapchat and also Linkedin have the ability to precisely the same fundamental vulnerability. It is a breeze to present false social proof to just about anything.
Humans are hardwired with cognitive biases which might be easily and frequently exploited by social media marketing platforms and appearance engines to generate us think that situations are more (or fewer) popular in comparison with truly are. Increasingly we are most often getting stuck in your own social echo chambers and believe most people see things the same as us.
There was legitimate grievances around the US economy like job losses from globalization and artificial intelligence resulting in increased economic inequality. But Us residents were manipulated and sentiment hijacked by populist narratives to be the victim with the government, elites, experts, Democrats, Mexicans, Muslims, and foreign allies.
Tactic 3: Erode Trust & Global Alliances
What’s worse, not only was the aim achieved to destabilize america by facilitating the turning of an nation on itself, and also have its internal damage bleed Anti-Americanism into US-global relations. The surprise betrayal of the American-Kurd alliance may have lasting consequences on American credibility, leaving American soldiers and civilians more vulnerable than ever.
France, the the oldest international ally of the usa, is now questioning the amount it can rely on the united states as soon as the abrupt pulling folks forces from Northern Syria with no consultations from NATO partners. As reported by the BBC,
“Russia, which sees Nato being a threat for the security, welcomes the French president’s comments as “truthful words.””
It’s tough to say just when this second Cold War started, just one thing is for sure: we’re woefully ready to defend ourselves from disinformation and still have learned to avoid difficult political conversations.
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