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The Emerging Risk of Virtual Societal Warfare

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

Autor: Michael J. Mazarr, Ryan Michael Bauer, Abigail Casey, Sarah Anita Heintz, Luke J. Matthews

Fecha de publicación: 2019

Institución participante: RAND Corporation

Fragmento original: Preface

This analysis is part of a larger study on techniques of social manipulation and was motivated by recent Russian efforts to manipulate Western information 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.

The research was sponsored by the Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community