Information warfare and its limitations

The best days of information warfare are probably behind us

Ajay Shah
Information Warfare

Illustration: Ajay Mohanty

The alleged exploits of Sanjay Rai Sherpuria highlight the place of information warfare in the modern world. Technological advances (WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter) have created a whole new world of possibilities for information warfare which many bad actors are exploiting. Authoritarian states are able to meddle in foreign countries through these tools, even without collusion with local actors. These problems are about to get a lot worse owing to improvements in machine learning and large language models (LLM) . There are many pathways to do better.
In a recent article in The Print, Ananya Bhardwaj tells the story of Sanjay Rai Sherpuria, who allegedly created a public-domain information set about himself, which could be Googled by the credulous, and then used it to achieve outsized influence.
When miraculous powers in the form of a smartphone first landed in our palm, we were all delighted. Our early communications were with our trusted people,
Disclaimer: These are personal views of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or the Business Standard newspaper

Also Read

State actors and information warfare

Best of BS Opinion: Abolish exemptions, politics over pension, and more

Best of BS Opinion: Growth challenges, Re-design and deliver & more

Best of BS Opinion: Fumes of failure, setting standards, and more

Best of BS Opinion: Laws and order, corporate battles of 2023, and more

Insurer can't transfer liability to another party

Fighting Covid-19 pandemic, the RBI way

Limits of Modi magic to perils of polarisation: 10 lessons from Karnataka

Democracy vs Pakistan

A change of heart

First Published: May 14 2023 | 9:26 PM IST

Explore News

To read the full story, subscribe to BS Premium now, at just Rs 249/ month.

Key stories on are available only to BS Premium subscribers. Already a BS Premium subscriber?LOGIN NOW

Register to