Digital Influence Mercenaries

As a follow up to my book Digital Influence Warfare in the Age of Social Media, I’ve been working on a separate project that looks specifically at a massive, worldwide profit seeking enterprise that can be leveraged by state actors but often exists and functions independently and purely for-profit. In a world of information warfare armies and agents, these are the mercenaries.

The new book is Digital Influence Mercenaries: Profit and Power Through Information Warfare, and will be published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press in late 2021. The manuscript has been peer reviewed and is in the final stages of revision. The Table of Contents for the book is provided below, and for those interested you can download the Preface as a PDF.

Table of Contents

1.         Introduction
2.         Digital Influence Methods
3.         Fear and Uncertainty
4.         Comforting Falsehoods and Conspiracies
5.         Overconfidence and Confirmation Bias
6.         Collective Identity and Conformity
7.         Echo Chambers and Filter Bubbles
8.         Conclusion

About the Author: Dr. James J.F. Forest is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Criminology & Justice Studies, and a Visiting Professor at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. He is also co-editor of the journal Perspectives on Terrorism and has previously served as a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University, and as a Director of Terrorism Studies at at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.