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State Policy Against Information War

https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2016-4-3-136-156

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Abstract

The most recent and effective method to resolve aconflict between countries is information war. Information warfare, i.e. propaganda, information sabotage, blackmail, could be more damaging than the effects of the traditional methods of war. The government must be prepared to prevent and counteract the bleeding-edge techniques of warfare that is to work out measures, to oppose enemy’s information weapons , to gain information superiority , to develop a society thatis immune to disinformation, to elaborate a concept of information warfare counteraction.

The authors have examined both foreign and Russian sources of law which define the requirements for the government activities to oppose information warfare. They also refer to the opinions of foreign and Russian researchers, politicians and public figures who have commented on the concept and features of such political and legal constructs as information warfare and information weapons. The problem of information warfare must be identified as a profoundly serious and damaging threat. This paper provides the features of information warfare and the methods to resist it as well as the proposals to amend the domestic legislation to create conditions for an accurate understanding of this political and legal phenomenon. In addition, it points out that the amendment of the Information Security Doctrine is not sufficient to counterbalance the threat of information warfare. In a certain document it is necessary to recount all notions, requirements and methods for the government actions aimed to gradually change the situation, particularly, the development of sectoral (information security) legislation, specialists training to be able to deal with informational and psychological aggression forming public opinion through the government-run mass media, etc.

About the Authors

Dmitry Shibaev
North-Western Institute (branch) of Kutafin Moscow State Law University
Russian Federation

Associate Professor, Head of Department of Social Science, Humanities and Legal Computer Science,

32 Mira str., 160001, Vologda



Nina Uibo
North-Western Institute (branch) of Kutafin Moscow State Law University
Russian Federation

Associate Professor of Department of Social Science, Humanities and Legal Computer Science,

32 Mira str., 160001, Vologda



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Shibaev D., Uibo N. State Policy Against Information War. Russian Law Journal. 2016;4(3):136-156. https://doi.org/10.17589/2309-8678-2016-4-3-136-156

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