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The Information Environment of 2017 – What to do and what not to do

You’d have to be living under the proverbial rock to not have read about the threats posed by nation-based actors attempting to undermine confidence in democratic societies. The seriousness of the threat is certainly debatable but the fact that it is occurring is not. Uncertainty, fear, tribalism, lambasting the increasingly globalized and connected world all …

Stratagem – The Chinese View

  [If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org]   Written by Rand Waltzman   Operations in cyber space can have many goals. The goal …

Speed, Volume, and Ubiquity: Forget Information Operations & Focus on the Information Environment

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Michael Williams US Army Information Operations officer, retired [Originally appeared in thestrategybridge.org, July 26, 2017] …

The Story Behind the DARPA Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) Program

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Rand Waltzman On July 14, 2011 – while I was a Program Manager at the …

How do we counter the rapid pace of false socially propagated information spread in the Internet?

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Fred Cohen (the man who originally coined the term “computer virus”) No solution is perfect, …

IO: From Describing Bark on Trees to Impacting the Forest

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Mike Williams I’ve been actively involved in this ‘IO thing’ for just a tad under …

Massive Pollution of the Global Information Environment

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org] Written by Rand Waltzman Our adversaries around the world have a very different view of Information Warfare …

From 9/11 to London: The Need for Virtual Battle Space Maneuver Doctrine

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/ and if you would like to post a comment on this article, please send it to rand.waltzman@information-professionals.org]   Written by Steve Banach Colonel (Retired) 11th Director, School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS)   The …

Jestin Coler – A Homegrown “King of Fake News”

[If you enjoy this Information Professionals Association (IPA) blog post, please consider supporting our efforts by joining the IPA at https://information-professionals.org/individual-membership/] Some people might be under the impressions that the Russians have a monopoly on disinformation and “fake news”.  The fact is, we have a substantial supply right here in the US.  An excellent example …