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Accession Number ADA582148
Title Message Dissemination in Social Networks for Support of Information Operations Planning.
Publication Date Oct 2010
Media Count 24p
Personal Author A. J. Vliet D. A. Hemert J. N. Huibregtse P. Svenmarck P. J. Amerongen
Abstract Message dissemination is often an important part of many provincial reconstruction efforts. This dissemination is affected by many factors that may only be partly known, such as the impact of the information, the social network structure, socio-cultural factors that affect the information dissemination, and at what point the information looses its news value in verbal communication. Understanding and managing how all factors that affect the message dissemination may interact pose a complex problem even for experienced Psychological Operations (PsyOps) officers. This paper therefore proposes that modelling and simulation (MoS) techniques based on epidemiological modelling can be used to cope with the complexity when planning information operations. Particularly, regarding what portion of the target population is reached by a message and within what timeframe. The paper describes how the epidemiological framework can be applied to a scenario that is used for combined staff exercises within the Swedish Armed Forces. The main focus is how cross-cultural dimensions, such as Hofstede's five dimensions, and other socio-cultural factors can be used to derive the social network structure and contact rate for message dissemination. The results illustrate the assumed effects of socio-cultural factors on message dissemination and the need for a coherent theoretical framework that provides some understanding of how the social network and contact rates are shaped by socio-cultural factors.
Keywords Computer programs
Cross culture(Sociology)
Foreign reports
Information dissemination
Information transfer
Military forces(Foreign)
Mos(Modelling and simulation)
Nato furnished
Psychological operations
Social networks

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author TNO Defence Security and Safety, The Hague (Netherlands).
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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