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THE SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION: POLITICAL AND SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

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Draft CDS Report [064 CDSDG 17 E] by Jane Cordy (Canada)

Like every major technological invention, the explosion of social media presents both challenges and opportunities. Twitter and Facebook both amplified the voices of and decreased the cost for people to connect more intimately and to communicate and organise among themselves and with their governments. However, hostile non-state actors and aggressive authoritarian states also showed remarkable ability and willingness to exploit the new medium to pursue their agenda. The Euro-Atlantic community’s response so far can be described as haphazard, uncoordinated and irresolute.

The aim of this draft report is to raise awareness and launch a discussion among members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on this emerging theme and to offer some initial thoughts on ways to counter the malicious use of social media. The Rapporteur urges NATO member states, that have not yet done so, to create or designate specific units to be responsible for monitoring detrimental uses of social media, exposing fake news and hostile propaganda and countering them with facts. She notes, however, that the Euro-Atlantic community should maintain the higher moral ground in social media use and refrain from using the methods of its unscrupulous opponents.

 

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