Lots of people ask themselves what can they do to help the people of Ukraine and stand up to Russia.
Well one thing you can do, aside from donating and going to places to help organise and distribute needed supplies, is cause digital disruption.
What do I mean by that? Become a hacker? Not necessarily, but if you have those skills it would be a great way to help, but you can cause digital disruption to Information Warfare. There are many skills that can be applied whether you have technical experience or not.
As with my Facebook page, my Twitter, and my website I talk a lot about digital influence, manipulation, PysOps, information operations, social media engineering, and how these are used by governments, big businesses and so on to sway votes, control narratives, and so forth.
It would be amiss of me now not to turn my attention to this conflict.
I am hoping I’m coming days and weeks to find time to lay out some ideas, strategies, and so forth. To give some thoughts on how we can protect ourselves from their Information Wars that we know they have used to cause descent, influence elections, and cause general confusion to grow around the world. So much so that it could be argued that events in recent years from Brexit and Trump and so on were partly influenced by Russian cyber warfare, although that is indeed only one of the contributing factors.
For now I will leave you with these two resources that may be of some use. One is if you Google “Handbook of Russian Information Warfare by Kier Giles of the NATO College of Defense College” this is a freely available document that can be easily downloaded which lays out the Russian techniques, thinking, and approach to what they call “Information Warfare”.
This can help you see how they think, the techniques they use and help protect yourself and others from them.
Another is the link below which may give you some ideas on how you can help with your own skillset. I am not a hacker, I am an ex SEO guy, that now works in data-driven, digital and direct marketing and communications who has specialist knowledge in behavioural communications. These are skills that can be used in my own small way to if not make a difference help educate and encourage others on how we can all contribute and protect ourselves, whilst showing support for the people of Ukraine. In the digital age the people of the world have more power and influence than we often realise. It’s time we started to realise that and use that power for good.
There are tips and skills in growth hacking that can be utilized to cause a digital disruption for good.
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