CounterPropaganda · Daesh · Information operations · Russia

EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties


The EU is moving to better counter propaganda from Russia and Daesh.

As I wrote these I had to studiously remind myself of the difference between Russia and Daesh, and the rest of the world. The rest of the world is a land of laws, morals, ethics, and societal norms. Russia and Daesh are not.  This is also the difference between Information Warfare and Information Operations, Public Diplomacy, and Strategic Communication.

I made a few recommendations. The deadline for input is tomorrow at noon.

  • Recognizing that protecting truthful, factual and descriptive information is the first step, especially to protect against revisionism of factual and credible websites, identify sources of information which are judged as reliable sources of information, especially those that can be used as a source to counteract misinformation, disinformation, and fabrications. Move to protect these sites, protect their efficacy at presenting the truth as best can be established, and project that information as credible, reliable, and factual.
  • Recognizing that archives of events may be lost to the ravages of time, the changing of administrations, and to deliberate attempts of sabotage, move to protect these valuable resources with backup copies, state of the art defenses, and dedicated security.
  • Establish long-term credible sources of information which may be cited, referenced, and shared to provide sources of factual information to counter misinformation, disinformation, and fabricated stories. Ensure these articles are cited, referenced, footnoted, with proper bibliographies, to increase trust and belief.
  • Immediately challenge any misinformation, disinformation, and blatantly false stories with as much truth and facts as possible, in the shortest amount of time possible. Follow with deliberately researched stories bearing witness to the truth. Undermine the credibility of the sources of the misinformation, disinformation, and falsehoods by issuing periodic reviews, perhaps bi-weekly, of these sources to establish their history of untrustworthiness.
  • Develop standards in conjunction with the UK’s OfCom that identifies and brands scofflaws of journalistic standards. Use these standards to deny entry into friendly markets or the cessation of their existence.
  • Form and recruit information gatherers about the blogs, forums, and other places of propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, and active measures.
  • Consider identifying and publicly branding trolls, groups of trolls, and their sponsors, who operate with the intention of spreading false ideas, propaganda, and the like. Seek to discover their real identities and move to have their activities made illegal.

I had to stop, I have something else pressing, so I cannot fully develop this list.  Notice I am all about establishing credible, factual, and truthful information.   I also believe in responding quickly.  I have more…  I just wanted to get these in quickly.

What are YOUR ideas?

Quick update: 

  • Move to identify new and credible sources through which we can disseminate information during, peace, crisis, and war.
  • Move to create quick reaction information processes, for routine, crisis, humanitarian disasters, actions other than war, events leading to war, and war. Be the first with the news, with credible and factual information, pictures, and graphics.