Spent time searching the subject of who your social media friends might be? Ever wonder what the intelligence agencies are up to with fake profiles? Driven mad at people who derail intelligent discussions? It’s simple. In information operations, the goal is to create people who ‘are what they think’ to the advantage of ‘the man behind the curtain’ (or a center tower as described in Foucaults panopticon).
This collection of links may be helpful for lifting the ‘cover’.
- Some history
- Covert operations
- Psychological warfare
- Counter intelligence
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‘Psychological Operations: Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives. Also called PSYOP. See also consolidation psychological operations; overt peacetime psychological operations programs; perception management. ‘ US Department of Defense
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Any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly.
Most (if not all) of the techniques used in rewriting history (revisionism) are for deception or denial and vary from using forged documents (the fog) as genuine sources (or inventing reasons to distrust genuine documents), to exploiting opinions by taking them out of their historical context.
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Unlike traditional propaganda techniques designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions.
[linkview show_cat_name=”0″ cat_name=”Disinformation”] We can best protect ourselves from such breaches of our (respective) autonomies by building and maintaining our own autonomous infrastructures for securing our access to knowledge.
And a reply: Re-civ not un-civ
At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves…. Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly out-sources the running of the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater…. After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts…. New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened…. These events are examples of “the shock doctrine”: using the public’s disorientation following massive collective shocks – wars, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters — to achieve control by imposing economic shock therapy. Sometimes, when the first two shocks don’t succeed in wiping out resistance, a third shock is employed: the electrode in the prison cell or the Taser gun on the streets. ~ Naomi Klein
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And what, if not fear, are they trying to inoculate us with in this country (Spain)? Fear of losing our jobs, for example, or of never again being able to find work, or of being offered nothing more than exploitation, plain and simple; fear of losing the right to healthcare, or being unable to provide adequate education for children; fear of ending up foreclosure victims, sleeping on the street; fear, finally, of being unjustly arrested for peacefully protesting at a demonstration. ~ Overcoming the shockdoctrine
We can’t physically meet most of the people we interact with on the internet. So we create avatars who represent us in the online world, personae that are designed (on some level, conscious or subconscious) to shape others’ ideas about who we really are. It is natural for us to create avatars that represent what we want to be rather than what we are. And it is only a short step from there to manipulating others’ perceptions of us to give ourselves an advantage of some sort, to deceive.
To become puppet masters. Secret services have even used dead children to create spy and infiltration personae.[linkview show_cat_name=”0″ cat_name=”Sockpuppetry”]
There are many (other) reasons for us for consciously creating multiple, fake, anonymous or pseudonymous identities online (without becoming the petty tyrants we fight), not the least of which is to counter governmental and corporate sockpuppets.