Newsletter 2009/07/15 - Cyber Mobilization
BERLIN (Own report) - German think-tanks are calling for the use of public internet forums to spread state propaganda and subversion. The publication of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) writes that virtual platforms, being used by millions around the world as a means of communication, could be applied as "instruments of revolt"against objectionable governments on the condition that "one has control over the debate" taking place in the corresponding media. This also opens possibilities for concerted support for expansionist German foreign policy activities. But the magazine also cautions against the dangers to government interests by an undesired mass mobilization over the internet. If "virtual networks" cannot be brought under control, writes the magazine, effective "counter strategies" must be developed.