One does not have to look too far beyond the headlines to see that the battle for world power is playing out in the information space. Free and open democratic societies increasingly are tested by rising autocratic countries employing high technology in information warfare.
For the United States to succeed in this battle, citizens, not just the government, need to be more discerning about information, experts say.
The country’s citizens are not well-versed in state-controlled messages or propaganda commonly used by closed, autocratic societies. Americans must learn to handle digital meddling by adversaries, defend Western democracy and freedoms, and improve the country’s stance in assessing the truth, information warfare experts recommend.