Title

Information Terrorism: networked influence

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science

RAS ID

4021

Comments

This article was originally published as: Hutchinson, W. (2006, April). Information terrorism: networked influence. In proceedings of the 7th Australian information warfare and security conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia. Original article available here

Abstract

The advent of digital information technology heralded the concept of information warfare. This ‘preliminary’ stage in the 1990s really consisted of technology warfare where the networks, upon which combat relied, were seen as weapons to gain ‘information superiority’. This was the inception of the technological aspect of Information Warfare. The realisation of the effectiveness of electronic networks to optimize organisational communication was taken up by industry, the military and terrorist groups alike. As society quickly became more reliant on digital networks to run its critical functions, it became apparent that this infrastructure was vulnerable and needed protection (as well as being a target for offensive operations).The next stage was the emphasis not on the technology but the information which it stored and processed. This was the ‘information’ stage of Information Warfare (now renamed Information Operations to reflect its expanded scope). This stage developed further and gradually started to include elements such as public relations, and strategic communications This paper examines the development of these elements and their use by terrorist groups. It concentrates on the contemporary manifestations of Influence Wars.

DOI

10.4225/75/57a8041eaa0c9

Access Rights

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.4225/75/57a8041eaa0c9