Russian Subversion & the American Coup

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Russia has Co-Opted American Politics. Where do we go from here?

Russia has poured resources into Brexit, the US election, as well as French, Dutch, German, and Austrian far-right political parties.   Russia is aggressively pursuing a political agenda, and their expertise in the cyber domain is just a facet of a sophisticated grand political and military strategy—a demonstrable threat to liberal democracy. The West needs to adapt to the changing cyber landscape and begin to perceive threats differently. Cyber is much more than just the technical or the hardware. The exploitation of social media in the 2016 US Presidential election proved to be the perfect example of how information can be weaponized to swing an outcome and achieve a desired strategic objective.

Download Russian Subversion & the American Coup: Understanding Active Measures, Information Warfare, and the National Security Threat of Putin’s Soft Coup Against the United States. It’s the first step in understanding the historical significance of the time we live in. In an information war, informed discourse is the best defense.

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Social media and big data analytics are changing the way political campaigns are run. With the right data, political operatives are able to “micro-target” voters on social media with messaging tailored to pull the right emotional “strings,” in order to elicit an exact desired response.

These tools will continue to have a significant impact the democratic process, especially if information warfare content—such as fake news propoganda—generated by a foreign adversary with the explicit purpose of subverting Western institutions continues to spread unchecked. Disinformation campaigns blur the lines between reality and fiction and influencing public opinion.

Russian Subversion & the American Coup is the first step in understanding the historical significance of the time in which we live. In an information war, informed discourse is the best defense.