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Britain’s ‘Twitter troops’ have ways of making you think…

The revelations of Edward Snowden have included exposing a previously unknown British intelligence services branch dedicated to influencing human behaviour with psychological science. As The Guardian reveals, the work of the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) primarily involves electronic communication, but it also seeks to influence people socially.

As leaked presentation slides show, JTRIG’s strategies are based on psychological and human science research, and aim to deliberately deceive and manipulate public thought.

Wikipedia advises that:

The scope of the JTRIG’s mission includes using “dirty tricks” to “destroy, deny, degrade [and] disrupt” enemies by “discrediting” them, planting misinformation and shutting down their communications. Known as “Effects” operations, the work of JTRIG had become a “major part” of GCHQ’s operations by 2010. The slides also disclose the deployment of “honey traps” of a sexual nature by British intelligence agents.

and:

Campaigns operated by JTRIG have broadly fallen into two categories; cyber attacks and propaganda efforts. The propaganda efforts (named “Online Covert Action”) utilize “mass messaging” and the “pushing [of] stories” via the medium of Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube. Online “false flag” operations are also used by JTRIG against targets. JTRIG have also changed photographs on social media sites, as well as emailing and texting colleagues and neighbours with “unsavory information” about the targeted individual.

Article source: The Guardian, The Intercept, NBC News Investigations.


Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com) and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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