Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia’s Serb separatists


 It appears Russia is again up to no good, this time in Serbia. Russia is training Serbian separatists in order to destabilize the country. Julian Borger in Washington Fri 12 Jan 2018 13.23 EST Security minister confirms report, fuelling fears of destabilisation of the Balkans and a resistance to Nato enlargement Russian-trained mercenaries are helping establishment a paramilitary… Continue reading Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia’s Serb separatists

Cybersecurity · cyberwar · Information operations

“Mind Hacking”: Information Warfare in the Cyber Age


I disagree with many of the terms, assumptions, and arguments Mr. Rugge uses, but overall this is a pretty good article.  My biggest concern is the use of the term CEIW (cyber-enabled information warfare), as it places undue emphasis on cyber.  Using the term cyber in this context is actually redundant because there is almost nothing in… Continue reading “Mind Hacking”: Information Warfare in the Cyber Age

Information operations · Information Warfare · Russia

Russian Analytical Digest No 212: Information Warfare


8 Jan 2018 By Jolanta Darczewska, Piotr Zochowski, Robert W. Orttung, Marlene Laruelle and Gemma Pörzgen for Center for Security Studies (CSS) The four articles in this edition of the RAD look at 1) how Russia’s contemporary ‘activities’ directed against the West reflect Cold War-ear KGB disinformation operations known as ‘active measures’; 2) the nature… Continue reading Russian Analytical Digest No 212: Information Warfare

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Japan to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn


NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomes the decision of Japan to join the NATO-accredited cyber defence hub in Tallinn, Estonia. This will further strengthen the knowledge base and reach of the currently 20-nation-strong Centre. Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced today during his visit to Estonia the decision of Japan to become… Continue reading Japan to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

Information operations · Information Warfare

Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark


At least two dozen times, the San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids. By Olivia Zaleski and Eric Newcomer January 11, 2018, 5:30 AM EST In May 2015 about 10 investigators for the Quebec tax authority burst into Uber Technologies Inc.’s office in Montreal. The authorities believed… Continue reading Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

Information operations · Information Warfare

Challenging the snake-oil salesmen: a critique of British approaches to soft power


Gary D. Rawnsley Pages 1-17 | Published online: 05 Jan 2018 Original Articles Download citation https://doi.org/10.1080/13216597.2017.1422779 ABSTRACT Soft power is one of the most familiar, yet misunderstood concepts in international relations. It is often used to describe cultural attraction and familiarity with a place in the belief that ‘to know us is to love us’.… Continue reading Challenging the snake-oil salesmen: a critique of British approaches to soft power

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Securing Democracy Dispatch January 8, 2018


Securing Democracy Dispatch January 8, 2018 News and Commentary We hope you enjoy this week’s extra-packed edition of Securing Democracy Dispatch which covers two weeks from December 22 to January 8. Putin’s threat to democracy: Several excellent pieces from the past few weeks outline Putin’s tactics and objectives in undermining democracies. In Politico, Susan Glasser assesses that… Continue reading Securing Democracy Dispatch January 8, 2018