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Title: The susceptibility of the South African Media to be used as a tool for information warfare
Authors: Jansen van Vuuren, A
Jansen van Vuuren, J
Venter, S
Keywords: Media influence
Agenda-setting
Twitter
Radio
Social media
Behaviour influencing
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: Academic Conferences Limited
Citation: Jansen van Vuuren, A, Jansen van Vuuren, J and Venter, S. The susceptibility of the South African Media to be used as a tool for information warfare. Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security, Laval, France, 5-6 July 2012, pp 127-134
Series/Report no.: Workflow;9922
Abstract: Many theorists refer to the "digital revolution" when they refer to social media and new media technologies. Internet use can also aid journalists in the mainstream media to improve their traditional reporting in terms of speed and feedback. However media practitioners should also recognize the negative consequences and ethical implications of these new media platforms, as the sources distributing information on social media sites such as Twitter may not be truthful and accurate. Journalists should be aware that these sites can be used by enemies of the state to distribute false information. The purpose of this article will be to investigate whether the South African media is at risk of being used as a tool for information warfare. The paper adopts an argumentative analytical approach on case studies with the intention to sensitize journalists to the possibility that different forces may try and exploit their weaknesses in order to influence social opinion with potentially destabilizing effects. In conclusion the paper ends with an overview of some challenges the mainstream broadcast media have to overcome to prevent being used as weapons by the enemies of the state.
Description: Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security, Laval, France, 5-6 July 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/6386
ISBN: 978-1-908272-55-3
978-1-908272-56-0
Appears in Collections:Safety and security
Command control and information warfare
Information security
General science, engineering & technology

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