David Carroll 🦅 @profcarroll associate professor of media design @parsonsdesign @thenewschool teaching @mfadt and featured in #TheGreatHack in select theaters now and on Netflix Dec. 18, 2018 1 min read

Bannon helped Brexit by offering his Cambridge Analytica as defence-grade TAA to sow group division in Britain. Brexit proved to Bannon that Trump could win.

Brexit taught Putin’s IRA how secessionist influence campaigns could be iterated in the USA.

–Brittany Kaiser evidence to DCMS committee, LeaveEU proposal, p24  https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/fake-news-kaiser-written-evidence-17-19/ 
–New Knowledge white paper for SSCI, p71  https://www.newknowledge.com/disinforeport 

Kaiser also gave evidence to DCMS committee that boundaries between Cambridge Analytica and defence contract entity called SCL Group were porous. Note how TAA was articulated to win no-bid/sole-source contract with State Dept to study violent extremism.  http://time.com/5372923/cambridge-analytica-state-department-terrorist-propaganda/ 

Guess who probably scored SCL Group’s no-bid/sole-source contract for Bannon (Mercer, Nix, Oakes, Wheatland)?

Mike Flynn. While on the transition in Nov/Dec of 2016.  https://apnews.com/bfc2de11c52f40929f24d42e56014014 

What’s going here? The post 9/11 “hearts and minds” PSYOPs designed to fight terror have been repurposed for political campaigns, while also leveraged by foreign influence operations like Putin’s IRA or campaign-facing troll factories like PSY Group.  https://www.emptywheel.net/2018/10/10/the-psy-group-proposal-a-way-to-measure-the-value-that-russian-hackers-provided-the-trump-campaign/ 

Electioneering has been militarized. Dirty campaigns run by defense contractors are treating the electorate no differently than terrorists. And they openly brag about it.  https://www.wired.com/story/uk-regulators-demand-cambridge-analytica-hand-over-user-data/ 

DARPA has been studying memetic warfare for decades.

Thiel acolyte/alt-right-ish memetic warfare theorist published in NATO journal edited by SCL’s PSYOPs vet.

Our information space has been transformed into a battlefield whether we realize it or not.  https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xyvwdk/meme-warfare 

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