Information Warfare Essay

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Information Warfare


As we entered the third wave, we traded in our pens and notebooks, for keyboards and
CPU's. A simple wire connected from a phoneline to a modem to your CPU, brings the whole
world into your hands. And you into the worlds hand as well. Political realism is defined
as doing what is necessary for survival. One must depend on themselves, because no one
else will look out for them. Information Warfare has become a massly used tactic by
individuals as well as companies looking out for their own survival, in a world of
commerce, and politics.

Information Warfare is an innovative and dangerous new way to harm your opponents. When
one thinks of warfare the mind is usually bombarded by thoughts of M16's, grenades, and
hand to hand combat. In this new era of technology that we are living in warfare has come
to mean so much more. Information warfare is the use of any type of information used to
injure your opponent's progress and further your own. The power of Information Warfare
spans a broad scope of uses, from the gathering information about companies, to personal
blackmail. It's used not only by individuals against other persons, but companies and even
the nation as well. As the third wave, defined by Tofflers, becomes more widely spread
across the nation and world we can only expect a far larger usage of such technological
tactics, being used in the home, workplace, and even international politics. Schwartau's
definition of Information Warfare is, 'the use of information, and information systems as
both weapons and targets in a conflict,'; (Schwartau 12). We are now living in a time when
knowledge is power, and what is knowledge made up of? Quite simply, information.

Information Warfare is not only becoming more rampantly used among people, but they are
using different types as well. There are three different classifications of Information
Warfare. The first one deals with personal information warfare. This is inclusive with all
the information that is available about an individual. Class two deals with corporate
information warfare, which involves how information effects companies, businesses, and all
economic interests. Of all the classes the third one has the broadest margin. The third
class is global information warfare. This purpose of this class is to deal with all
aspects of information warfare that deal with the national interest.

Each classification of Information Warfare has its' own issues that are relevant to its
use. Class one is predominantly involved with personal privacy and protection from
outsiders. With the introduction of the Internet into our lives, electronic privacy as we
know it has come to a halt. Almost all our information is stored on some sort of computer,
whether it be at DMV, our Insurance company, state and federal government, video rentals,
and even the EZ-Pass. While in the reality everything may indeed be objective, things in
cyberspace are subjective.

Type two is more on a corporate level bringing individuals together in mass and attacking
their businesses. Businesses today are making more money than ever, producing more and
more products. With this comes the increased danger in releasing information regarding the
companies assets and progress.

The final type, three, is the biggest and most detrimental to the people as a whole. One
of the most fundamental weapons of a nation is information. These days we have more
federal agencies than ever solely dedicated towards protecting and gaining information.
Just to name a few: the CIA, DOJ, IA, and Pentagon. One of the hardest parts of protecting
information, is the concept of how to hold on to an intangible object. In order to
effectively execute a sufficient plan of attack in both economic and political situations,
information has become the most valuable key to a nation.

Part II
The first amendment of the United States Constitution explicitly states that the American
people are entitled to free speech. The people's thoughts and writings should be free from
censorship, and they have the right to say and feel what they want. The safety of the
people relies on their undeniable freedoms, listed in the amendments. By taking one of
these away, or by redefining their meaning to constrict the people's liberty, we are only
lessening the value of our great nation.

When the Internet was introduced into our lives, free speech in a verbal perspective,
became free speech in a typed perspective. It brought a new meaning to the concept of
expressing your self freely, as cyberspace opened a whole New World. Cyberspace allowed
for a person in China to converse with a person in New Mexico. Such programs as America
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