The New Weapons: Propaganda, Misinformation and Fake News

National Security College | Professional course



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A host of global actors, state and non-state, are increasingly leveraging technology to harness the power of information – and using it as a weapon. What are the implications for global and national security? And is Australia prepared?

In February 2018, a US Federal grand jury indicted 13 Russians for interference in the 2016 US national elections. This reflects the extent of state-directed propaganda and misinformation targeting democratic institutions of a major western power. At the community level, extremist narratives are proving difficult to combat, demanding more of both government and society. A host of actors across the landscape of global technology are finding new ways to exploit the value of information – and using it as a weapon. This breaks down the distinctions between what is personal and what is political, using new avenues to seek advantages, and new ways to cause harm.

This one-day program critically considers whether Australia is sufficiently prepared for and resilient against weapons of propaganda and misinformation trained on our institutions, and our communities.

This course is for staff working across government, including in strategic policy, social policy, communications, intelligence, assessment, cyber security and those responsible for data holdings. There is no minimum security clearance requirement.


This program has not been scheduled for 2020 but will run if there is sufficient interest. Please email to register your interest.

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