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Since 2015 US election and 2016 Brexit referendum upsets, foreign relation to democratic elections has developed into a hot topic. On John Oliver’s The other day Tonight, a segment explained the simplicity of tampering with voting machines which inspired me to publish this short article. Before I buy into how basic and inexpensive it’s to propagate disinformation online, I’d like provide some background on why and exactly how more nations will likely be entering the digital warfare space from the coming years.
Foundations of Geopolitics, the sunday paper drafted by the International Department in the Russian Ministry of Defence in 1997, paved the way being a philosophical instructions manual for dismantling and dethroning enemies and super-powers alike, using the ultimate objective of “Finlandization” it really is Europe. As outlined by Wikipedia’s summary around the strategy:
“Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook advocates a classy program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded from the Russia special services.”
In the 2015 US election and with a meagre monthly budget of only $1.25M (estimated $15M annually), Russia’s Research Agency was able to provide the US election for 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 spending is decreasing.
Military power is clearly a very costly ongoing expense where destabilization is fairly cheap and plentiful. But exactly how is that this done?
Tactic 1: Discover the Fractures Then Divide & Conquer
While using demonstration of the US, this fracturing tactic was exquisitely executed by fuelling instability and actively supporting all dissident groups simultaneously to inflame tensions and divide communities. Enemies of the USA have been fanning the flames of white nationalism, gun rights groups, stoking anti-immigration sentiment as well as the vilification of refugees and Muslims are already most visible. Yet this only scratches the outer lining.
But more subtle and vicious domestic attacks will be in support of fringe as well as 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. There is a growing demonization of environmental stewardship (see baseless attacks and also other trolling of Greta Thunberg) and attacks on democratically-held values generally.
Long-term, inter-generational damage through the exploitation of these existing divides is seen from the gutting of america education system, diminishing entry to healthcare for all those, ballooning deficits that our children and grandchildren will probably be saddled down by some of the long-term consequences to get gone through this surprisingly inexpensive destabilization warfare technique.
What were once cracks in an overarching national unity are becoming red line fractures in a artificially created, cold civil war. Lots of people are now asking that which was implemented to exploit these existing social divides?
Tactic 2: Leverage digital age intersection between behavioural economics, social media marketing loopholes as well as the relative simple search engine exploitation
As a digital strategist and online marketer We’ve observed that lots of the tactics offered 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 which they held popular yet controversial views.
Social media marketing has many loopholes i often share to my online marketer followings for them to have more bang for their buck with clients. It’s remember this social media marketing platforms’ #1 goal is to help keep you for the platform so long as possible to enable them to make ad revenue. Edge in the game by showing you content they believe help keep your self on a little bit longer. All of them are literally designed at some level to get addictive to us.
I discuss in my marketing content the various exploitation opportunties that trick these social platforms into thinking your posts is viral by fooling the algorithm they count on to distribute to users.
For instance, with below $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 site engagement is growing. It’s not just Twitter – Facebook, Instagram, Youtube (Google), Snapchat and even Linkedin have the ability to the same fundamental vulnerability. It is now super easy to give false social proof to almost anything.
Humans are hardwired with cognitive biases that are easily and frequently exploited by social media marketing platforms and appearance engines to generate us think that the situation is more (or fewer) popular compared to what they truly are. Increasingly we appear to be getting stuck in our own social echo chambers and believe most people see things exactly like us.
There was legitimate grievances across 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 become 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 desire to achieved to destabilize the united states by facilitating the turning of a nation on itself, but in addition have its internal damage bleed Anti-Americanism into US-global relations. The surprise betrayal from the American-Kurd alliance could have lasting consequences on American credibility, leaving American soldiers and civilians more susceptible than ever.
France, creation the oldest international ally of the United States, is questioning just how much it can depend on the usa after the abrupt pulling of US forces from Northern Syria without any consultations from NATO partners. As reported by the BBC,
“Russia, which sees Nato as a threat to the security, welcomes in france they president’s comments as “truthful words.””
It’s difficult to say just when this second Cold War started, only one thing is certain: we’re woefully willing to defend ourselves from disinformation and still have learned to avoid difficult political conversations.
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