Information Pandemic over the Coronavirus | New Eastern Outlook

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20-03-20 08:08:00,

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The number-one topic making the news today and being discussed by the general public all around the world is the development of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and the impact this epidemic will have on the economy and international relations in general.

Perhaps one of the most hopeful messages to be heard in the international news thus far was a news report broadcast on China Central Television (CCTV), announcing that clinical trials have gotten underway to develop the first coronavirus vaccine. There was of course also the good news that the number of people infected with coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan is falling, and the first wave of more than 3,675 healthcare workers from all over China who came to the Hubei province to help fight coronavirus went home on March 17. Let’s not forget that according to experts, more than 75,000 people were infected in Wuhan alone, and more than 42 thousand specialists from other cities and provinces in China were sent to this epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak by Beijing. With all of these commendable achievements, China has certainly shown the world that it is capable of quickly mobilizing its people and resources to overcome the challenges of a dangerous new situation.

At a press conference in Wuhan, Chinese doctors noted that European doctors are repeating the mistakes made in China when the novel coronavirus began to spread. The main issue they were referring to is that there is not enough being done to protect healthcare workers who are constantly in contact with the people who have the infection, especially otorhinolaryngologists.  Due to a shortage of personal protective equipment and not enough knowledge about how the virus is transmitted, thousands of medical workers contracted the coronavirus in China within the first few weeks of the epidemic. At least 46 of them died. Let’s remember, by now there have been more coronavirus cases recorded outside of China than within China itself. By March 17, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world had reached 167,511, while the number of cases in China stood at 80,881. The number of coronavirus deaths reached 3226 in China, and 6606 worldwide.

Chinese Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui recently shared some insights into China’s experience in fighting the coronavirus with the Russian media,

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Information Warfare: Iran’s “B-Team” Branding Is Effective in Putting a Lot of Pressure on Bolton – Global Research

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30-07-19 08:38:00,

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif’s recent branding of US National Security Advisor Bolton, “Israeli” Premier Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) as part of a so-called “B-Team” of anti-Iranian hawks has been very successful in putting enormous pressure on the first-mentioned one and making Americans think twice about the whose interests would really be served by going to war with the Islamic Republic.

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Perception management is a tactic of information warfare that’s become extremely important in the modern-day age of social media, which isn’t to render any value judgement on it one way or the other, but just to point out a fact that few are reluctant to admit. All countries, leaders, movements, and politically minded individuals engage in it, though it’s “taboo” to say so. In any case, that doesn’t change the reality of it occurring all the time, especially since it’s come to play such a prominent role in the latest American-Iranian tensions. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif‘s recent branding of US National Security Advisor Bolton, “Israeli” Premier Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) as part of a so-called “B-Team” of anti-Iranian hawks is a case in point and deserves to be analyzed more in depth because of the tremendous success that it’s had in putting enormous pressure on the first-mentioned one.

Iranian strategists keenly understand that many Americans on both sides of the partisan aisle are deeply suspicious of Bolton, with Democrats literally hating him simply because he’s a Republican while the Republicans themselves are divided over his controversial legacy of supporting the 2003 War on Iraq. They’ve also obviously been following the US’ domestic affairs closely enough to know that there are even rumors that Bolton isn’t in the best standing with Trump, especially after popular TV host Tucker Carlson’s reported intervention in getting the President to reconsider the wisdom of striking Iran in response to its downing of an American spy drone last month. All of this suggests that there are serious fault lines inside the Trump Administration and the rest of America as a whole over Bolton’s role as the country’s National Security Advisor, which presents a unique opportunity for Iran to relieve some of the pressure that he’s putting on it.

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The Information War is Over and We Have Lost. Change My Mind.

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30-07-19 10:34:00,

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The ability to view alternative ideas and contrary opinions and come to our own conclusions is the basis of cognitive liberty. Big tech is now turning the screws and making sure that no one using their platforms will find these alternative viewpoints. Sure, there will be ways to get this information out, but most people will never even know that it exists. This battle in the information war has been lost. Change my mind.

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“Am Anfang war die Information…”

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07-01-19 10:15:00,

Der Wissenssoziologe Robert Feustel über die religiösen Tendenzen der Digitalisierung?

Robert Feustel hat im Verbrecher Verlag ein Buch veröffentlicht, in dem er religiösen Tendenzen in der Digitalisierung kritisch nachgeht. Die These: Aus dem Konzept “Information” wird im Zuge der Digitalisierung ein Kult gebaut, der zuweilen religiöse Züge annimmt. Manche Autoren und Theoretiker entkoppeln das Thema auf eine Art und Weise, dass beinahe heilsbringende Erwartungen an die heutige Informationsgesellschaft geweckt werden. Anders gesagt: Die Digitalisierung wird zum Allheilmittel, da ihre Grundlagen anscheinend präzise und eindeutig sind. Information ist immer schon da und braucht nicht besonders hinterfragt werden.

Dr. Robert Feustel, der an der Universität Jena im Arbeitsbereich Wissenssoziologie und Gesellschaftstheorie forscht, analysiert diesen Diskurs und stellt die Frage nach Original und Fälschung, Fakt und Fake sowie Wahrheit und Lüge.

Hinter dem Wort “Information” schillern viele Begriffe. Woran liegt diese begriffliche Unschärfe?

Robert Feustel: Wörter und ihre Bedeutung hängen immer vom Kontext ab, in dem sie stehen oder gesagt werden. Da ist Information zunächst keine Ausnahme. Das Besondere ist eher, dass irgendwann im 20. Jahrhundert gerade dieses Wort eine besondere Kontur bekam, weil es für neutral und objektiv, also unabhängig vom Kontext gehalten wurde. Information galt als das, was der immerzu missverständlichen Sprache vorauszugehen scheint, die Objektivität von Null und Eins. Tatsächlich allerdings bliebt das Wort Information immer “nur” ein Signifikant, ein Begriff, der gedeutet und verstanden werden muss. Die Differenz zwischen angenommener Objektivität und tatsächlicher Vieldeutigkeit macht den Unterschied zu anderen Begriffen aus.

Dieser wenig scharf konturierte Begriff wirkt sich auf verschiedene gesellschaftliche Bereiche aus. Kann man sagen, dass er für die fortschreitende Digitalisierung zentral ist?

Robert Feustel: Ja, aber auf schräge Weise. Computer und alles, was an ihnen hängt, kommen sehr gut ohne das Wort aus, sie prozessieren digital codierte Daten, also letztlich Nullen und Einsen. Zentral ist das Wort eher, weil es gewissermaßen im Zentrum des Wissens der Gegenwart steht. Zugespitzt formuliert: Weil mittlerweile fast überall verbaute Rechenmaschinen sehr gut funktionieren und vieles ändern, hat sich die Vorstellung etabliert, dass letztlich alles, also auch der Mensch selbst, als Informationssystem gedacht werden muss. Alles scheint in Informationen übersetzbar (was übrigens den Unterschied zwischen Gerücht und Tatsache aus den Angeln hebt). Für die Digitalisierung als technischer Prozess ist Information also unerheblich,

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Why Does the US Refuses Information About the MH17?

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30-12-18 06:36:00,

Russia Still Unsuccessfully Trying to Receive Data on MH17 Plane Crash – Foreign Minister
Russia continues to request recordings of negotiations between Ukrainian air traffic control officers as well as US satellite data on the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash to no avail, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.
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Russia Still Unsuccessfully Trying to Receive Data on MH17 Plane Crash - Foreign Minister

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 07th December, 2018) Russiacontinues to request recordings of negotiations between Ukrainian air traffic control officers as well as US satellite data on the Malaysian Boeing MH17 crash to no avail, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

“For example, the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in Ukrainian airspace, we are asking: where is the data from the Ukrainian radar? We have provided our data. Where are the records of negotiations between the Ukrainian air traffic control officers? No answer. Where is the data from the US satellitesthat definitely exists? No answer. The questions are pretty concrete,” Lavrov told reporters.
Flight MH17 crashed near the city of Donetsk on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers and crew members were killed.

According to the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the plane was allegedly downed by a Buk missile that belonged to the Russian armed forces and was delivered to the Donbas region. Russia ahs repeatedly denied all accusations about its involvement in the tragedy, arguing that it had provided the JIT with overwhelming evidence proving that it was Ukraine’s Buk systems that were responsible for the crash.

In September, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it had determined the tail number of the missile that downed the MH17 flight, saying that it was produced in the Soviet Union, delivered to a military unit in Ukraine and was never returned to RussiaMoscow called on the JIT to demand that Ukraineprovide all the necessary information about the missile.
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NATO Coordinates Information War On Russia

NATO Coordinates Information War On Russia

15-10-18 07:27:00,

Via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The US, Britain and other NATO allies upped the ante this week with a coordinated campaign of information war to criminalize Russia. Moscow dismissed the wide-ranging claims as “spy mania”. But the implications amount to a grave assault recklessly escalating international tensions with Russia.

The accusations that the Kremlin is running a global cyberattack operation are tantamount to accusing Russia of “acts of war”. That, in turn, is creating a pretext for NATO powers to carry out “defensive” actions on Moscow, including increased economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia, as well as “counter” cyberattacks on Russian territory.

This is a highly dangerous dynamic that could ultimately lead to military confrontation between nuclear-armed states.

There are notably suspicious signs that the latest accusations against Russia are a coordinated effort to contrive false charges.

First, there is the concerted nature of the claims. British state intelligence initiated the latest phase of information war by claiming that Russian military intelligence, GRU, was conducting cyberattacks on infrastructure and industries in various countries, costing national economies “millions of pounds” in damages.

Then, within hours of the British claims, the United States and Canada, as well as NATO partners Australia and New Zealand followed up with similar highly publicized accusations against Russia. It is significant that those Anglophone countries, known as the “Five Eyes”, have a long history of intelligence collaboration going back to the Cold War years against the Soviet Union.

The Netherlands, another NATO member, added to the “spy mania” by claiming it had expelled four members of Russian state intelligence earlier this year for allegedly trying to hack into the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague.

There then followed predictable condemnations of Russia from the NATO leadership and the European Union. NATO was holding a summit in Brussels this week. It is therefore plausible that the timing of the latest claims of Russian “malign activity” was meant to coordinate with the NATO summit.

More sanctions against Moscow are expected – further intensifying tensions from already existing sanctions. More sinister were NATO warnings that the military alliance would take collective action over what it asserts are Russian cyberattacks.

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