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We're   awash   in   misinformation,   disinformation,   and   propaganda.   Calling   it   'fake   news'   trivializes   the   issue,   and   it's   not helpful.    It's    propaganda.    It's    a    concerted    attempt    by    a    variety    of    actors    to    influence    outcomes,    by    speaking    to demographic   groups   that   have   a   predisposition   to   believe   certain   things   -   when   you   tell   someone   something   that verifies   their   existing   world   view,   they're   willing   to   believe   it   without   further   examination   and   the   introduction   of   facts that indicate otherwise are summarily rejected. A   study   has   been   performed   on   this:   A   group   of   Dartmouth   researchers   have   studied   the   problem   of   the   so-called "backfire   effect,"   which   is   defined   as   the   effect   in   which   "corrections   actually   increase   misconceptions   among   the group in question." http://bigthink.com/think-tank/the-backfire-effect-why-facts-dont-win-arguments This   is   the   social   science   that's   being   weaponized,   to   sow   distrust   of   the   US   government,   and   divide   the   population along these lines of world view. Social media, according to the Pew Research Center, is where >60% of people get their "news". http://www.journalism.org/2016/05/26/news-use-across-social-media-platforms-2016/ Given   that   it's   possible   to   insert   propaganda   into   the   feed,   which   will   be   forwarded,   shared,   liked   and   repeated   within echo   chambers,   this   is   clearly   a   mechanism   for   fomenting   that   division   and   distrust.   But   can   anything   be   done   about it? YouTube, in particular, is filled with “news” channels that promote patently crazy, conspiratorial stories. Politifact,   Snopes,   and   other   "fact   checkers"   are   being   brought   to   bear,   to   generate   a   true/false   index   that   might   be helpful,   but   which   can   also   be   perverted.   How   long   until   one   group   repeatedly   reports   a   story   as   false,   which   has some   of   those   facts   that   serve   to   simply   harden   one's   position?   "This   can't   possibly   be   true   -   everyone   report   it   as fake." Is it then censorship? Here's a group that wants to mark news as propaganda: https://propornot.org/ Now,   who's   behind   all   this?   It's   hard   to   know   with   any   certainty,   but   the   intelligence   community   is   pointing   fingers   at Russia   with   some   vigor.   Regardless,   the   propaganda   mechanism   seems   to   be   taking   advantage   of   convenient   groups that have a bent toward anarchy, and are easy to finger. Take this example from our daily Critical Informatics IT Security News Blast ( Subscribe Here ) : Hacktivist or State-actor? Behind the Mask of Threat Actors For    many    organisations,    the    big    deception    threat    today    is    government    hackers    pretending    to    be    concerned hacktivists,   leading   you   to   believe   your   adversary   is   an   individual   when   it   can   actually   be   the   cyber-arsenal   of   an adversary   state.   ThreatConnect   has   come   up   with   a   word   to   describe   those   fraudsters   employed   by   governments   to pursue political objectives online while pretending to be public spirited individuals, calling them faketivists. https://www.scmagazineuk.com/hacktivist-or-state-actor-behind-the-mask-of-threat-actors/article/579668/ The   group   known   as   Anonymous   fits   that   bill   perfectly.   Not   that   this   is   authoritative,   but   here's   a   bit   of   analysis   I've done,   reviewing   some   various   outlets   that   seem   to   be   aligned   on   a   single   point:   that   the   CIA   is   going   to   perform   a coup against the president-elect: Fake   Anonymous   YouTube   channel,   with   high   production-value   videos   that   are   coming   out   at   high   frequency.   Fake, because they are subtly promoting a political point of view, and Anonymous is neutral from their public statements: Anonymous: ALERT: FBI Counter CIA Coup Against President Trump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i0u5Ln1S4E Rogue CIA Calls For New Election Could Lead To Trump Assassination https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCJTRIcKCHg I've also seen a story on RT (Russia Today), which suggests exactly the same thing (although cannot locate it now). So   why   are   RT,   the   Alex   Jones   conspiracy   channel,   and   a   group   hiding   behind   the   Anonymous   mask   all   saying   the same thing? Seems like there is coordination there. You decide.
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Pulling on the Thread of Propaganda   12/22/2016 By Michael Hamilton CISSP CEO
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