Accession Number:

AD1088626

Title:

The Emerging Risk of Virtual Societal Warfare: Social Manipulation in a Changing Information Environment

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA

Report Date:

2019-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

215.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE