Information wars: the fine art of mass manipulation in the digital age
Date: Monday 20 March 2017, 12:30-2:00pm (light lunch reception following event)
Venue: Weston Theatre, Level 1, Crawford Building #132, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU
Registration is required (free and open to the public):
Following the 2016 US election, the role of information in politics and society is under increasing scrutiny. Is information benign, a political weapon or the first casualty of the post-truth era? Historically, information was a standard tool and target of political subversion, but now as it forms the backbone of our economies, social lives and political anatomies, are we especially vulnerable to its exploitation and misuses?
In a lunchtime conversation chaired and moderated by Academic Director Associate Professor Matthew Sussex members of our academic team will offer their perspectives on the uniqueness of contemporary information wars.
Professor Paul Cornish is the NSC’s inaugural Professorial Fellow in Cyber Security, guest lecturer and a principal investigator in our cyberspace research program. He is one of the world’s most eminent scholars working in the field of cyber security, having spent some ten years of his career in research posts at Chatham House, first as Senior Research Fellow in the early 1990s and latterly as Carrington Professor of International Security and Head of the International Security Programme (from 2005 until 2011). Professor Cornish also spent several years as Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London. He is a member of the UK Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel, a Fellow of Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity-Building Centre and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute.
Professor Roger Bradbury leads the Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace research program at the National Security College. He is a complex systems scientist, trained originally as a zoologist, whose research interests lie in the modelling and simulation of the dynamics of coupled social and natural systems. In recent years he has worked in the Australian Intelligence Community on the strategic analysis of international science and technology issues. Professor Bradbury was the Chief Scientist in the Bureau of Resource Sciences in the 1990s and leader of the Marine Systems Group at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in the 1980s. He is particularly interested in cyberspace as a strategic domain.
Dr Tim Legrand is a Lecturer at the National Security College. His interdisciplinary research concerns the structures, management and processes of public administration. His work draws on, and contributes to political science, law, international relations, security studies and public policy around several research streams that include international policy transfer, evidence-based policy-making, transgovernmental policy networks, the governance of national security and emergency policy, and crisis management. Dr Legrand has worked as a policy consultant for the UK Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Dr Haroro Ingram is a Lecturer at the NSC and a Research Fellow with the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His primary research project analyses the role of propaganda in the strategies of violent nonstate political movements, with the Islamic State and the Afghan Taliban as major case studies. Dr Ingram’s research draws heavily on primary source materials, most of which were collected during periods of fieldwork in South Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iraq). He has been a visiting fellow with institutions such as the International Centre for Counter-terrorism in The Hague and the US Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Analysis Department, as well as having worked in a variety of national security roles.
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