- May 21, 2018
"Propaganda is to a democracy what violence is to a dictatorship." - William Blum
More at https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/12/8-ways-to-stay-ahead-of-influence-operations/8 Ways to Stay Ahead of Influence Operations
In an exploratory blog post, I first laid out a straw man information operations kill chain. I started with the seven commandments, or steps, laid out in a 2018 New York Times opinion video series on “Operation Infektion,” a 1980s Russian disinformation campaign. The information landscape has changed since the ’80s, and these operations have changed as well. Based on my own research and feedback from that initial attempt, I have modified those steps to bring them into the present day. I have also changed the name from “information operations” to “influence operations,” because the former is traditionally defined by the U.S. Department of Defense in ways that don’t really suit these sorts of attacks.
Step 1: Find the cracks in the fabric of society—the social, demographic, economic, and ethnic divisions.