Influence Operations in Cyberspace – How They Really Work

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2020-61

Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2020-31

28 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2020

See all articles by Peter B.M.J. Pijpers

Peter B.M.J. Pijpers

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Amsterdam Center for International Law, Students

P.A.L. Ducheine

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: September 24, 2020

Abstract

Covid-19 is the latest, but will not be the last pretext for spreading fabricated information. Topics like Covid-19 can and will be used for influencing foreign States in a deliberate way. So, is this new? No, influencing has been on-going for ages. But what is new, is the domain of cyberspace enabling fabricated news to spread fast and effectively. Much is written about influencing people via social media. But how do influence operations via cyberspace work? And what is the added value of cyberspace in that context?

Keywords: Influence Operations, Cyberspace, Disinformation, Subconscious Influence Techniques, Framing

JEL Classification: F51, F52, N40

Suggested Citation

Pijpers, Peter and Ducheine, P.A.L., Influence Operations in Cyberspace – How They Really Work (September 24, 2020). Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2020-61, Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2020-31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3698642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3698642

Peter Pijpers (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Amsterdam Center for International Law, Students ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1000BA
Netherlands

P.A.L. Ducheine

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law ( email )

P.O. Box 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

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