I had intended to take this week off from posting, and in general IT publications are pretty boring. However the article “Hacked emails reveal China’s elaborate and absurd propaganda machine” (see http://qz.com/311832/hacked-emails-reveal-chinas-elaborate-and-absurd-internet-propaganda-machine/ - below the Computer Associates Ad and also the photo source) seemed to be the exception to both.
The kind of effort described by the article is a long term effort best employed against connected and mainly urban societies. These kind of efforts are also typical of environments where government controls or seeks to control the information environment.
While direct conflicts may not take place in these government controlled areas, it makes sense to understand how these tactics work and how they could conceptually be adopted or altered for our own advantage. For example would the same workers change their allegiance for 75 cents a posting rather than 50?
Happy New Year to one and all.