Editor’s Note: Information Professionals Association (IPA) Vice President John Bicknell and Board Member Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon shared “The End of Information Warfare?” written by Zac Rogers of the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance at Flinders University of South Australia. Bicknell notes, “This thought provoking article begins with a curious headline. Zac Rogers argues that digital narratives are so voluminous and fleeting that information warfare as we know it is losing efficacy. There are new risks, however. He then explains how digital technology has agency which is frequently harmful to humans.”
Published by the Modern Warfare Institute at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, “The End of Information Warfare?” examines some of the problems surrounding the current information environment, including the fact that the for narratives to be effective, they must be sustained over space and time, and the fleeting nature of social media outlets and rapid pace of updates renders that permanence – or influence – nearly impossible today.
“Anecdotally, and as anyone awake for the first half of 2020 can attest, narratives transiting the information environment are now so numerous, and blink into and out of existence so rapidly, that they no longer exist in the impactful way they previously did. The net effect of the fragmentation and disutility of the information environment is not merely one of many more contested narratives. It is of no narratives.”
Rogers points out that the very technology that is seen as our key to maintaining technological superiority and competitiveness is also a limitation to successfully executing information operations.
Read the article at https://mwi.usma.edu/end-information-warfare/.