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Twitter, VKontakte, Facebook: how the nuclear weapon of the 21st century works

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Twitter, VKontakte, Facebook: how the nuclear weapon of the 21st century works



Will Twitter be banned in Russia? If necessary, then banned. Just as recently, VKontakte, Yandex and Odnoklassniki were banned in Ukraine. True, in Russia it will come out much more efficiently, since its informational arsenal is much more impressive than the information "slingshots" of Kiev.

Who owns the information, he owns the world. This truth, which has already become capitalized, more than ever defines the essence of modern wars. Information has long been part of the war, but it was in the 21st century that it became the present weapon mass destruction.

For starters - one real история. In 2015, Ukrainian information wars specialists undertook an internship in France. They were taught new methods of conducting information battles, and also taught the general theory of hybrid wars. In particular, attention was drawn to the fact that in ten years the Internet will become the main source of information for the population and move television to second place.

In the beginning there was a word

In fact, there is nothing terrible and nothing unexpected. Civilization is developing, and each new era requires a corresponding development of information technology.



In the "prehistoric" information times, word of mouth was the main source of information transfer. People for the most part lived sedentary, news spread extremely slowly. Information so far could not be a powerful weapon, although it was locally used in cities and even sometimes predetermined one or another event.

Then the letter

The invention of printing and especially newspapers, as well as an increase in the education of the population was a real breakthrough in information wars. Now the information could literally penetrate into every house very quickly (especially in large cities). And it became dangerous for the authorities.



It was with the advent of books and newspapers in the world appeared the concept of censorship. The faster the circulation of information became, the deeper the censors launched their tentacles, the soul in the bud, freedom of speech and freedom of thought. Initially, lists of prohibited books appeared, then regular editions, and then separate materials were also subjected to censorship.

Radio waves

But if everything was simple for the authorities with the printed publications, any ruler could relatively simply keep them under control, then with the invention of radio waves everything began to change rapidly.



The logical continuation of the radio was television. Thanks to these two achievements of mankind, it became possible not only to communicate very quickly with remote regions of the globe, but also to engage in systemic ideological propaganda.

Radio waves know no boundaries and can penetrate hundreds and even thousands of kilometers deep into enemy territory. With the help of radio waves, the Soviet Union was poured in its time, and it is worth recognizing that this weapon was already very effective.

For all that, it is worth noting that, if necessary, the authorities of any country could quite effectively close their information field from the effects of enemy propaganda. True, it all had its unpleasant side effects.

Everything moves in the network

The Internet has become a breakthrough in information warfare technology. It penetrated practically all corners of the Earth, and it became extremely difficult to protect its information field from it. Practically any restriction of user access to one or another resource is found very quickly and the opposition.



It is this property of the global network that made it the most powerful weapon in the hands of the Americans who created it. The color revolutions were replaced by twitter, the destructive abilities of which were already repeatedly demonstrated in various countries: literally in a matter of weeks and days, they demolished, it would seem, indestructible regimes.

In fact, with the advent of the Internet, it became possible to talk about the emergence of real information weapons of mass destruction, and with an unlimited range.

Internet censorship

Search engines Have you ever paid attention to how search engines today guide your actions? Most of us do not even think that a robotic machine selects for us what we read, listen, watch. No, if you are looking for a specific website or page purposefully, then you will find it. And if not, then first of all they will offer you exactly what the robot wants. A robot can be programmed in any way.



In general, popular search engines are worth huge sums of money, because they largely determine which sites are becoming popular and which are not. There is a whole science - the CEO, which studies the rules of operation of Internet robots and how to put the site into readable. But it works only in peacetime. If necessary, any search engine can simply turn off any resource from its information retrieval feeds. And 99% of people will not notice anything at first sight.

By the way, do you know that there are not so many international search engines? And the number of countries that keep them under control can be counted on the fingers of one hand! Today there are fewer of them than countries with nuclear weapons. And this is not accidental, since, unlike the “yadren-loaves”, the information weapon of mass destruction does not lie in the arsenals, but constantly works. Moreover, it is so effective that in the 2000's, inspired by the first successes, the Americans even decided that it was possible to drastically reduce the size of their armed forces, and put the main emphasis on the use of information weapons against an opponent.

By the way, it is the possession of popular search engines that allows not only to introduce effective censorship on its territory, but also on the territory of the enemy.

Social network. With 2011, the year was the year of the first successful twitter revolutions. It was then that the social networks showed all their organizing and destructive power. In a matter of hours, with their help, you can organize a protest of great intensity, as well as effectively lead them. The Middle East and Ukraine were the first victims of this new type of information weapons of mass destruction.



The governments of different countries appreciated all the destructive power of the new non-contact means of warfare, and therefore began to quickly introduce mechanisms to counter them. Today we can already talk about the creation of real echelons of information defense, from the most powerful complexes of general action (Roskomnadzor type) to local ones, intended to affect a limited circle of users.

Today, almost all political parties, corporations, institutions, have their own staff / tools for informational promotion / struggle in the information field. No project becomes successful without the corresponding informational support.

And it is no coincidence that every year more and more attention is paid to the information component (war / promotion / protection / neutralization).

In the XXI century of war (any) wins the one who wins the brains of people. And it is the brains of those who first of all are their opponents. Turning an opponent into an ally or a weapon in your hands, forcing him to do what you want, and not him, is this not what the fantastists of the past dreamed of? And this fantasy today has become a reality. And tomorrow will only get worse ... or better. It all depends on which side you look at: do you own modern ways of waging information wars or not.
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  1. solzh
    solzh 14 December 2017 15: 28 New
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    Do you know that there are not so many international search engines? And the number of countries that keep them under control can be counted on the fingers of one hand!

    In the know, and social networks even less. The main thing here, with regard to social networks, is not to go too far. Control is needed, but the question is what control and who will exercise it. The same search robot can be programmed in such a way that it would look, as an example, the praise of Hitler, in this case such control is needed. Again, approach censorship on the Internet and in social networks, you need to be careful.
    1. Lnglr
      Lnglr 14 December 2017 16: 05 New
      +1
      social networks even less

      In fact, there are a lot of social networks. The same classmates in the top ten in attendance hang out.
      1. solzh
        solzh 14 December 2017 16: 56 New
        +1
        It all depends on what is considered a social network. If you take for example social buttons on any site through which you can share this or that information with friends, then there are a lot of these. If you take classmates, VKontakte and the like, then there are only about 25 networks. And if you count dating sites, then yes, then you get a lot.
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        There are about 100 search engines. This is despite the fact that recently each state has been trying to create its own search engine. And there are only three international search engines.
  2. forty-eighth
    forty-eighth 14 December 2017 15: 41 New
    +8
    There is a whole science - CEO, which studies the rules of the work of Internet robots and how to bring a website into readable ones.

    This science is called SEO - search engine optimization. And the CEO is the chief executive officer, a foreign analogue of the position "CEO".
  3. MadCat
    MadCat 14 December 2017 19: 32 New
    +2
    To prohibit it makes sense when citizens can influence the results of elections to the government. In Russia, the "power vertical" is built so that in fact there is no influence. Power is already passed by will, the election has become a clowning ...
    1. ando_bor
      ando_bor 14 December 2017 21: 09 New
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      Quote: MadCat
      To prohibit it makes sense when citizens can influence the results of elections to the government. In Russia, the "power vertical" is built so that in fact there is no influence. Power is already passed by will, the election has become a clowning ...

      Yes, the Americans need to be banned, they are very gullible, otherwise Putin will appoint a president again, and in Russia there is no ban to ban, anyway, we will choose who, even when the State Department mercenaries have spoiled the entire Russian-speaking network, they don’t understand this, but we know when we tales tell, - have heard enough.
      In general, even the sapiens won against the Neanderthals, thanks to social networks, the Neanderthals did not have them due to the low density of the European population, although they were more adapted to the ice age, and apparently smarter, in any case they had more brains, and it started history, and before, only biological evolution.
    2. fyvaprold
      fyvaprold 14 December 2017 21: 21 New
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      Quote: MadCat
      To prohibit it makes sense when citizens can influence the results of elections to the government. In Russia, the "power vertical" is built so that in fact there is no influence. Power is already passed by will, the election has become a clowning ...

      Alexey Anatolyevich, log in. laughing laughing laughing
      1. MadCat
        MadCat 14 December 2017 23: 34 New
        +1
        Quote: ando_bor
        Yes, Americans need to be banned, they are very gullible, otherwise Putin will appoint a president again, and in Russia

        Quote: fyvaprold
        Alexey Anatolyevich, log in.

        that’s all that remains, “labor silt”, gossip about accusing the “woomeric” and “patriotically” of beating his chest in the chest for the next appointed official from above. Well done, smooth degradation in a herd of ruminants has been successfully completed. hi
        1. fyvaprold
          fyvaprold 14 December 2017 23: 59 New
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          Quote: MadCat
          that’s all that remains, “labor silt”, gossip about accusing the “woomeric” and “patriotically” of beating his chest in the chest for the next appointed official from above. Well done, smooth degradation in a herd of ruminants has been successfully completed.

          Facts to the studio! Where and when i wumeric (© MadCat) vinyl? Rather, it is a tendency toward the transformation of so-called “thinking people” (© Echo of Moscow) from a self-proclaimed “intellectual silt” into a flock of shallow bovids, led by artiodactyls of the genus Capra aegagrus hircus. With which I congratulate you! good Ours to you, proletarian ... with a brush. laughing laughing laughing
  4. andrej-shironov
    andrej-shironov 14 December 2017 22: 06 New
    +1
    Yuri, Yuri! Powder the brains of the population again. Shame on you, an adult is like Muschism! If in the country at least part of it is fair and not as it is now, no tools, right up to the Internet, will ruin it. But if the government simply spits on the domestic agenda in the country, then there will be enough inscriptions on the fence.
  5. Archon
    Archon 15 December 2017 04: 30 New
    +2
    In social networks, a person closes in on his circle of interests and too little penetrates him. As well as search engines. If you searched cats and cars once, the search engine will shove you ads about cats and cars for a very long time. And about the search - you need to ask the question more accurately. It makes no sense to look for something at random.
    I think the most powerful influence is on YouTube. You can capture a provocative video and wind up its popularity, which will affect its resonance in society.
    1. BMP-2
      BMP-2 17 December 2017 17: 02 New
      +1
      In social networks, a person closes in on his circle of interests and too little penetrates him.

      So this is where the most important danger lies: in a social network, a person begins to believe that there can be nothing “superfluous” in it, trust in “his circle” is high, criticality in “left” information from a “trusted source” - below the usual level! That is, in fact it turns out: "This is not the TV said, this is my friend / acquaintance!" But how the information got to a friend - such a question practically does not arise.

      With search engines - also not everything is simple. Of course, it seems to a person that he himself determines the essence of his query, but ... But what can be considered relevant to this query, that is, relevant to the essence, is determined not by the person, but by the algorithms that the search engine works on. And, for example, if a person formulates a request for “Bandera’s crime”, hoping to get information about the crimes of this character, and he gets the information “Bandera is the leader of the Ukrainian nation” in the top 10 (and in general the entire issue), then the request would not be formulated exactly , the chances of getting what you want from a person are 0! (In this case, only changing the search engine can help yes ) At the expense of YouTube - well, now it’s something between the TV and “classmates”! laughing : Yes, there the main factor of success is unusualness and sensationalism. But the degree of trust is something like a TV (unless it’s been subscribed to channels for a long time).
      1. Sargas
        Sargas 17 December 2017 19: 25 New
        +1
        With search engines, for example - at the right time, it’s not the advertisement of the cats that starts to slip, but the advertisement of some mihaydan. This is so offhand.
  6. parma
    parma 15 December 2017 07: 00 New
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    The strength of the Internet is not that there are few search engines or anything else ... But that it is much more difficult to control than TV or radio there ... It has more freedom of information, or something (not that it is not censored but the fact that it’s just a lot different) ... And the funny thing is that in the case of spontaneous rallies, attempts to keep silent about this from official sources only lead to an increase in the number of participants ... Take Navalny-Zavalny ... In March, there were a lot of people at his meetings, but they didn’t show it on TV! There were videos from the Internet, social networks, about how many gathered could be seen live. But even more people came to the next meeting ... The strength of the Internet lies in the speed of disseminating information, and any attempt to hide dissatisfaction is clearly visible and leads only to spontaneous dissemination of it (unless there is a reason for dissatisfaction) ..
    1. Sargas
      Sargas 17 December 2017 19: 29 New
      +1
      For six months (in the 2009th), for example, the text of the SCO charter was cleared from Internet (RuNet). We are forbidden to know that the SCO is a military defensive alliance.
      Six months ago, they “corrected” the online dictionary of Efremova. Now there is the article “nationalism” in it - a copy-paste from Ozhegov, attributing to the “nationalism” properties of “chauvinism”.
  7. V. Ushakov
    V. Ushakov 15 December 2017 07: 28 New
    +2
    Yes, you know, now everything is canceled:
    They even canceled the military parade.
    They say that soon everything will be forbidden,
    to God’s soul
    Soon everyone, to hell with a dog, will be banned.

    And like flies
    here and there
    There are rumors
    home,
    And toothless old women
    They are carried to the minds!
    They are carried to the minds!

    http://www.bards.ru/archives/part.asp?ID=15661 laughing laughing
  8. Antares
    Antares 15 December 2017 11: 59 New
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    Information could not yet be a powerful weapon, although it was locally used in cities and even sometimes predetermined an event.

    The main relay of the news were churches, heralds and any people. There was also a post office and messengers.
    The human being is social. Without society, he cannot survive, and progress will stop. The need for information is great. Who controls the information - controls the human mind and the course of history.
  9. Sadam
    Sadam 15 December 2017 15: 35 New
    +1
    and you know that if you have a full sausage refrigerator, then you don’t have any kind of tweeter revolution ....)))
    Puppeteers - Grandmas
    to everyone else - patriotism ...
    1. BMP-2
      BMP-2 17 December 2017 17: 07 New
      +1
      and you know that if you have a full sausage refrigerator, then you don’t have any kind of tweeter revolution ....)))
      "... the revolution has no end." But the sausage - is! And just at that moment, a revolution comes to the refrigerator! laughing
    2. Sargas
      Sargas 17 December 2017 19: 33 New
      +1
      The February revolution was not carried out by the hungry, but by the gold-embroidered generals Antonov, Kornilov and Khabalov.
      And in the USSR, Mecheny deliberately made a shortage of food products, like Khabalov in St. Petersburg, in February 17th.

      PS: someone said - 2 times already ruined the country under the slogan "we want to live better!".
  10. Starik72
    Starik72 16 December 2017 19: 00 New
    +2
    If a person with brains knows how to analyze facts, then he does not care about all these tweeter-schmitters and others.
    1. BMP-2
      BMP-2 17 December 2017 17: 10 New
      +2
      Unfortunately, the creators of twitter schmitters knew very well that there are practically no such creatures on Earth! laughing
      1. Sargas
        Sargas 17 December 2017 19: 34 New
        +2
        There is, so far ... But this is an endangered species ...
        1. BMP-2
          BMP-2 17 December 2017 21: 20 New
          +1
          Well, I don’t know, colleague ... I’m not so optimistic about this anymore. laughing
  11. Starik72
    Starik72 16 December 2017 19: 01 New
    +2
    Quote: Starik72
    If a person with brains knows how to analyze facts, then he does not care about all these tweeter-schmitters and others.

    And if without brains, then what the grandmother said was enough for him.
    1. BMP-2
      BMP-2 17 December 2017 17: 12 New
      +1
      The problem is that the grandmother usually says what is needed for those who have grandmas! request lol
      1. Sargas
        Sargas 17 December 2017 19: 36 New
        +1
        Everything is right, just the opposite. Grandma says what grandma needs. So the reliability of the OBS agency will be higher than that of social networks ....
        1. BMP-2
          BMP-2 17 December 2017 21: 16 New
          +1
          Hm. Even when the grandmother says that she says what she thinks, the reason that she says is not the grandmother. And far from every grandmother thinks why she says this, and most importantly - why! laughing And at the expense of reliability - yes, I agree. yes