As Canadian troops arrive in Latvia, the battle for support lands at home

To Inform is to Influence

Russia isn’t likely to engage in conventional warfare anytime soon, but it does have a number of information warfare tools it can use to test NATO’s resolve. (Corinne Seminoff/CBC)

Alicia Wanless · for CBC News

As Canadian troops begin their mission in Latvia — a deterrence operation, intended to send a strong message to Russia about interfering in neighbouring NATO member countries — an invisible battle for hearts and minds will be happening back at home.

The goal: destroy public support for the mission in Canada.

Russia isn’t likely to engage in conventional warfare anytime soon, but it does have a number of information warfare tools it can use to test NATO’s resolve and capabilities without sparking a broader conflict.

Many of us have already heard about these tools taking the form of fake newsonline trolls, data leaks and targeted digital surveillance of troops and their families…

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