Information warfare is a core part of the rapidly emerging area of cyberwarfare. Australia like many other countries is looking to develop capabilities in this area and last year a new Information Warfare Division was created within the Australian Defence Force. This talk will introduce information warfare and related aspects of online public diplomacy and examine two case studies, the 2010 Gaza Flotilla incident and the Russian interference in the last US presidential elections. As Australia seeks to engage with Information Warfare we need to better understand what it is, how it can be used and what capabilities we may need.
Dr Andre Oboler is a Lecturer in Cyber-Terrorism and International Warfare at La Trobe Law School. He serves as Vice-Chair of the IEEE Australia Council, Global Chair of the Geographic Activities Committee of the IEEE Computer Society and serves as member of the IEEE’s Global Public Policy Committee. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK), an LLM(Juris Doctor) and B. Comp. Sci. (Hons) from Monash University, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel).