Airstrikes and Twitter

38 min Source: AARC
PME Level: 1 #CommsCog #InfoOPS


A media insider’s reflection on how the communications revolution has transformed how military activity is reported.


Globalisation and advances in transport and communication technology has effectively 'shrunk' the globe in terms of accessibility and achieving strategic objectives. ABC's Matt Brown reflects on 15 years of media coverage in the Middle East, in particular, he discusses the revolution in reporting of conflict with the emergence of pervasive video cameras and the mobility of Internet coverage. The ability for conflict imagery and video to rapidly cross the globe has grown exponentially. The effects of such imagery have been known to go beyond the lounge room or an individual's device. It finds it way into political conference rooms, influencing strategic decision making: known as the 'CNN Effect'. The proliferation of such technology is a double-edge sword. Understanding the strengths and risks of social media, its use in conflict by governments, non-state actors and corporations is a responsibility of all in Defence. How could your actions be interpreted or misinterpreted if exploited on social media? How too, could potential adversaries use your social media posts to identify you as a member of the ADF, or to gain a combat advantage?