The foundation of political warfare throughout history has always been a battle for the mind. Never has this been more obvious than it is now with the Internet and social media. Analyst Jason Healey of the US think tank Atlantic Council says there are basically five potential possibilities for where the Internet is headed in the near future. These are:
- Status Quo: This is simply a continuation of what we live with now. Healey writes: “Cyberspace is generally a safe place in which to do business and to communicate with others, even though criminals continue to engage in multimillion-dollar heists and steal millions of people’s personal details; national foreign intelligence agencies poke and prod for military and industrial secrets and to collect information on Internet users.”
- Conflict Domain: This is basically where cyberwarfare becomes common. It’s the logical conclusion of what we see today.
- Balkanization: This would require the Internet to be broken into what would be essentially national fiefdoms. There wouldn’t be one single Internet, but a collection of national Internets.
- Paradise: This would require cyberspace to become a largely secure place. So secure, in fact, that espionage, warfare, and crime would be rare. In this writer’s mind, this is impossible.
- Cybergeddon: Think of the movie Terminator when the machines take over – only in this world people would use machines (computers) to destroy each other. The Internet would be a failed state where anarchy rules.
We can be assured that there will be growing conflict on the Internet and within social media, that the political left and globalist Establishment will use the Net to advance their collectivist/ globalist goals, and that the great majority of the world’s people – indeed a growing majority – will continue to be addicted to the Internet and especially to social media. Conservative/traditionalist/freedom-oriented content on the Internet and social media will be progressively censored and diminish, with the goal of total elimination of contrarian views – much as we have seen in the mainline media in recent decades.
(Excerpt from McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, February 2018)