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The threats from modern digital subversion and sedition


  • David Omand


Campaigns of subversion by foreign powers, and seditious domestic movements supported by them, are ancient practices of statecraft. These show the common characteristics of intimidation, propaganda and covert influence operations as demonstrated in examples from history. The modern digital space provides effective new means for promoting such vectors of subversion and sedition through cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, the weaponisation of information, and the use of social media to target messaging. Current Russian information campaigns and Salafist-Jihadist recruitment and propaganda are given as examples. The article concludes with an examination of possible responses by democracies that would be consistent with liberal values and human rights including freedom of speech.

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  • David Omand, 2018. "The threats from modern digital subversion and sedition," Journal of Cyber Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(1), pages 5-23, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:rcybxx:v:3:y:2018:i:1:p:5-23
    DOI: 10.1080/23738871.2018.1448097

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