It’s been a very good year in the information environment. I made Santa’s nice list and Russia is on his naughty list.
Counterpropaganda is becoming a new buzz word. Who does it? It’s easiest answered by saying Russia puts out propaganda and everyone else responds. But the US, UK and Ukraine head up the list of those doing counterpropaganda.
Influence is rising at a meteoric rate because this is what our world does, we influence. You Public Affairs people who only inform are ignoring what happens when that stuff you are throwing hits the wall. Or it hits a target.
Russia is on everyone’s naughty list, only they’re not getting coal from Santa, they already stole their fair share from Ukraine. It’s interesting, whoever is doing information warfare in Russia must be assuming the world has the attention and memory span of a gnat.
The United States is on my naughty list, we have all these holes in our capabilities list, yet we choose to do nothing. The BBG was excoriated by a report, yet they chug along doing the same old, same old. State is concentrating on Daesh and now and then gives lip service to much of the rest of the world, throwing their big bucks at the NCTC. Congress is inactive. Actually one committee at the House approved an International Communications Agency and… that’s where it is stalled. The White House… when I first typed that my finger slipped and it was “shite”, perhaps I should keep that spelling. Ben Rhodes is hiding under a rock when it comes to SC. Oh, yes, there is no counterpropaganda effort.
Ukraine is a bright shining star. They approved a Minster of Information Policy. They received a National Information Strategy and are working on a counterpropaganda center. Hopefully they are going to remove the paywall at KyivPost.com
This blog passed the 1,000 mark in late November 2014.
We are getting a ton of hits from around the world, even a bunch of Russia/RF. I was used to getting a ton of hits from Russia and for a period of almost one week, nothing. No hits from Russia – at all. So I asked some friends in Russia, am I blocked? The next day, tons of hits from Russia. My conclusion? Who knows, who cares.
Here is who visited “To Inform is to Influence” this year. My biggest disappointment is Greenland is not on the list. Such a big landmass, no hits.
Update: I just noticed I got a hit from “Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea”. North Korea? Wow, I am impressed.
|Republic of Korea|
|United Arab Emirates|
|Macedonia the Former Yugoslav Republic|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Republic of Tanzania|
|Iran Islamic Republic of|
|Palestine State of|
|Syrian Arab Republic|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Northern Mariana Islands|
|British Virgin Islands|
|Isle of Man|
|Lao Peoples Democratic Republic|
|Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadin|