As part of its Psychological and Public Opinion Warfare worldwide, China can now emphasize the propaganda content generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). For this, China is likely to depend on ‘Deep Fakes’ i.e. AI generated fake information, voice video. This conclusion is from a recent study by Atlantic Council, a US-based think tank.
The Digital Forensic Lab (DFRLab) of the Atlantic Council has published a new study analyzing China’s propaganda campaigns and the latest trends. It said that despite great success among local audiences, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been on its foreign front Is struggling to spread the messages.
The study said that the Chinese propaganda campaign on Western social media platforms has been ineffective so far because it has flaws in its implementation. This includes outsourcing operations to third parties.
Platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Google have been able to identify Chinese propaganda campaigns and action was taken on time. But this study said that now “artificial intelligence will be used for a large-scale and effective propaganda campaign.” Through this, accounts will also be created secretly in western social media. ”
This study has come at a time when the deadlock between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) continues. Even recently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had cited a “threat” posed by China in the region.
Discourse Power and Information Warfare
The study of the Atlantic Council says that there has been a change in China’s foreign policy, under which it used to take the stand of “non-intervention” in the affairs of other countries. China now wants to use “discourse power”. It is a concept according to which a country can influence the political system and values domestically and in other countries by setting the agenda internationally, and through it can increase its geopolitical power. So that it can project a peaceful rise as its own global superpower.
The Chinese Communist Party has been using the information space to project “China Story” domestically and internationally. Alicia Fawcett, author of the Atlantic Council study, sees this as China’s attempt to project a positive image at home and abroad through storytelling in the media landscape.
Deleting, suppressing or downplaying negative information, as well as creating information perception through a few hashtag games, is a weapon through which China seeks to convince people living in the rest of the world that it is a “responsible world leader” and He is the leader in reforming the international political system. Today’s global information space that drives through the Internet provides Beijing with an effective medium to spread the ‘China Story’ to the world.