NATO tackling disinformation amid COVID-19 ‘war’, says GlobalData

Following NATO’s defence ministers meeting where it was decided that the alliance is reportedly poised to tackle disinformation related to COVID-19, as well as the British Army’s decision to deploy two counter-disinformation specialists to NATO;

Stelios Kanavakis, Defense Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view on the current challenges:

“Since the 2014 war in Crimea, NATO, the EU and allied partners have taken steps in tackling disinformation, which forms part of the low-intensity warfare threats that we see on a wider scale. Multiple centres of excellence in communications, cybersecurity, energy security and hybrid threats countering provide expertise and resilience to the member states.

“According to GlobalData’s low-intensity warfare framework, state or non-state actors take advantage of the situation by spreading fake news to destabilize public opinion and break trust in their government. Relating COVID-19 to the expansion of 5G has been one of the many items of fake news that spread across the internet and allegedly led to a surge in attacks against telecommunications masts that serve hospitals, security and emergency services or critical IT services providers.

“Safeguarding an overstretched public digital and physical infrastructure increases the importance of big data and IoT, as a means of monitoring, collecting and analysing fake news, and connecting networks. GlobalData forecasts that the amount of data stored worldwide is expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% in the 2017-2022 period, with more than a quarter being transmitted through 5G by 2024, while the global IoT will grow to $317.8bn by 2023.”

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