The Emerging Risk of Virtual Societal Warfare: Social Manipulation in a Changing Information Environment
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA
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This analysis is part of a larger study on techniques of social manipulation and was motivated by recent Russian efforts to manipulate Westerninformation environments. This study focuses on the future of social manipulation efforts and involved a survey of multiple, overlapping information-related technologies and their potential for manipulation. It describes the emerging phenomenon of virtual societal warfare and suggests avenues for Western democracies to respond.
- Information Science
- Sociology and Law
- Government and Political Science