The comfort in the Internet being an ‘open’ source of free speech and a surveillance free medium is ludicrous nowadays with the rise of control and monitoring by gatekeepers. The irony of the gatekeepers is that people always work out a system around their efforts in an attempt that information wants to be free. The idea today, is that these groups employ tactics in order to infiltrate, manipulate and ultimately control the content. By doing this however, they’ve completely lost the means of which the internet is there for and simply compromised the authenticity of the internet.
Internet Commentators are the new breed of control that actively set up accounts (either virtual or physically manned) and seek out content to shift the thought process or conversation pattern to a way that will reflect better on their position on the topic. The practise has brought attention to China, in how they’re using paid individuals to create these persona’s and activley seeking out content to fill with their views and terms. The common term associated with these movements are JTRIG agencies and they do this work in a series of tactics, including but not limited to:
- infiltrate, manipulate and produce false material which they then use to destroy the reputation of their target.
- Use social science tactics and techniques to generate outcomes that they believe to be desirable.
To achieve the outcomes they post comments and falsely blame someone else or come across as the victim or as if they’ve been affected by the reputation they want to ruin.