Cyber Manipulations, old means for a new end (Th. Flichy)

Abstract

The recent history of Internet networks could be compared to that of the French press in the late eighteenth century. Gradually reduced from 1774 onwards, censorship was abolished by a decree on January 13, 1791. This allowed the development of a prodigious number of libels. However, the liberal parenthesis during which opinions clashed only lasted for a moment. Censorship was indeed restored by a decree of August 2, 1793, which ordered the closing of theatres and the arrest of the directors guilty of letting uncivic actors perform.

We are currently witnessing a similar evolution in the field of high technology. In a few years, Internet networks will be both costly and standardized. A fundamental question arises therefore: will cyber-manipulation only transpose on the scale of the individual the techniques formerly used on crowds or, conversely, will new techniques be invented in order to improve the miniaturization of control? For the active minorities who are pulling the threads, there is no doubt that the main geopolitical action will take place within the human brain, which represents the new battlefield. Ultimately, it will be a matter of reconfiguring it to the commercial or national interests of the opposing elites. Cyber-manipulation techniques based on bio-political foundations already belong to history. Yet the individualization of cyber-actions of influence will rest in the future on a new challenge: the possibility of benefiting immediately from the data freely given by each connected individual.

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