Declaring Knowledge Warfare

27 January 2006

Pete Drucker once famously predicted the rise of the 'knowledge worker'... are we now seeing the steady rise of knowledge warfare?

A declassified document signed by Donald Rumsfeld, shows what many of us have been fearing - that the unprecedented people power unleashed by the Internet will be countered by those that speak of democracy but fear its breath on their neck. The Information Operations Roadmap states that the US govt wants to 'fight the net'. and enable 'full-spectrum information operations'

The definition given of 'Information Operations' could quite clearly be applied to domestic US government opponents, as well as foreign adversaries:

"The integrated employment of  the core capabilities of Electronic Warfare, Computer Network Operations, Psycological Operations, Military Deception and Operations Security, in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp adversarial human and automated decision-making while protecting our own."

The information superhighway has roadblocks, stop signs and hitchhikers. But how much of what is out there is a conscious effort by information warriors to influence what we think? 

Adam Brookes - BBC   Full Text of Information Operations Roadmap (PDF) 

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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