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DC Think Tank Launches Information Warfare Study

DC Think Tank Launches Information Warfare Study
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By    |   Thursday, 19 October 2017 01:08 PM

A Washington, D.C. think tank has announced plans to study information warfare, including digital propaganda campaigns.

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) said its newly created Center for Cyber-Influence Operations Studies (CCIOS) will focus on information warfare and other types of digital propaganda from countries and special interest groups, psychological warfare, political warfare, and other forms of information warfare designed to sway people's opinions.

"This is an advisory that studies the weaponized digital applications used by foreign nation-states for influence operations," said James Scott, a senior fellow at ICIT and CCIOS.

The ICIT announcement said information warfare has expanded from a privacy issue "into a national security epidemic."

The ICIT referenced North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, and others in their spreading of digital propaganda through digital methods. The U.S. intelligence community said earlier this year Russia tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election through computer hacks and the spreading of fake news.

"The legislative and intelligence communities are still basing their defense concepts on traditional 'brick and mortar' strategies that are no match for the new, digitized 'Influence Operations 2.0' methodology that is rapidly gaining momentum against our Nation," the ICIT said, adding that it will offer its findings to government agencies and congressional offices.

"CCIOS research will be hyper-focused on all facets of information warfare, the weaponization of psychographic and demographic information, influence campaigns, and propaganda studies exclusive to digital weaponization."

This week, for example, it was reported that a Russian agency created a fraudulent Twitter account in November 2015 that claimed to represent the Tennessee Republican Party and gained at least 136,000 followers before Twitter took down the account a few months ago.

The agency behind that Twitter account had ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

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