Information operations

Year End Synopsis


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. 

Country
United States
United Kingdom
Canada
Germany
Netherlands
Australia
Sweden
Ukraine
France
Russian Federation
Finland
Italy
India
Belgium
Poland
Philippines
Czech Republic
Singapore
Spain
Brazil
Romania
Estonia
Lithuania
Switzerland
Malaysia
Denmark
Japan
Norway
Turkey
Israel
South Africa
Austria
Republic of Korea
Ireland
United Arab Emirates
Pakistan
Dominican Republic
Greece
Portugal
Mexico
Hungary
Indonesia
Slovakia
New Zealand
Thailand
Hong Kong
Latvia
Croatia
Bulgaria
Slovenia
Serbia
Taiwan
Viet Nam
Saudi Arabia
Nigeria
Georgia
China
Colombia
Argentina
Peru
Kenya
Egypt
Lebanon
Chile
Kazakhstan
Morocco
Armenia
Macedonia the Former Yugoslav Republic
Belarus
Bangladesh
Bahamas
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Malta
Iraq
Afghanistan
Mali
Ethiopia
Iceland
Cyprus
Sri Lanka
Moldova
Qatar
Jordan
Algeria
Ecuador
Kuwait
Azerbaijan
Maldives
Costa Rica
Venezuela
Luxembourg
Albania
Jamaica
Ghana
Trinidad and Tobago
Oman
Tunisia
Puerto Rico
Nepal
Myanmar
Virgin Islands
Mongolia
Guam
Uzbekistan
United Republic of Tanzania
Uganda
Libya
Kyrgyzstan
Cuba
Senegal
Bahrain
Uruguay
Sudan
Mauritius
Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Iran Islamic Republic of
Guatemala
Zimbabwe
Rwanda
Yemen
Paraguay
Macao
Panama
Palestine State of
Botswana
Namibia
Côte dIvoire
Cameroon
Montenegro
Syrian Arab Republic
Zambia
Tajikistan
Fiji
Benin
Honduras
Faroe Islands
Guyana
Seychelles
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Gabon
Turks and Caicos Islands
Belize
Haiti
Northern Mariana Islands
Barbados
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Liberia
Åland Islands
Nicaragua
Swaziland
Bolivia
Suriname
Isle of Man
El Salvador
Togo
San Marino
Lesotho
Dominica
Andorra
Cayman Islands
Madagascar
Martinique
Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
Somalia
Jersey
Djibouti
Guernsey
Burundi
Comoros
Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
Gibraltar
Guinea
Malawi
Mozambique
Angola
French Polynesia
Anguilla
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Aruba
Gambia
Cape Verde
Guinea-Bissa
Saint Vincent and the Grenadin

One thought on “Year End Synopsis

  1. Impressive, Joel. Good work!

    Juliana Geran Pilon, PhD
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