[LINK] Head Information Warfare – breakfast - Tues 21 Sept 2021 [Canberra]
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Aug 16 11:51:46 AEST 2021
On 14/8/21 2:52 pm, Frank O'Connor wrote:
> ... last few, many would argue, paranoid years ...
Online, at least, we are in a new cold war. Australian government,
industry, and university systems are under frequent cyber attack. It is
not always possible to work out if this is common criminals, state
sponsored, or a combination of the two. But these are people who do not
have our interests at heart.
> … their kids being first in line to die if we go to war ...
The current thinking is "grey zone" competition. This is fought with
fishing boats and coast guards, rather than battleships. The causalities
are low, but there is always the risk of escalation:
Also there is the competition for hearts and minds. In 2018 I was
invited to speak at the national computer conference in Colombo*. So I
proposed a Colombo Plan 2.0, which would train future leaders of the
region online. Rather than confrontation, I suggested this would
"complement" China's Belt and Road Education Plan.
* Colombo seems to be a venue for cold war dialogue. It is still where
the Colombo Plan Secretariat is. On my first visit to Colombo I found my
hotel full of colonels and people in dark suits, short haircuts with
American accents, taking part in a regional "communications" conference.
On the second visit there was a Taiwanese trade delegation in the hotel,
while outside a Japanese aircraft carrier was tied up at the Chinese
owned port. https://blog.tomw.net.au/2018/10/new-port-city-colombo.html
Tom Worthington, https://blog.tomw.net.au/2018/10/new-port-city-colombo.html
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