AI in Virtual Manipulation

This panel discussion will explore the growing significance of AI in information warfare, with a focus on its role in strategic communications. Recognising that warfare is increasingly a cognitive endeavour, strategic communications bridges cognitive effects with kinetic activities. In this landscape, recent advancements in AI technology offer the capacity to influence both the information environment and how information is consumed. Experts will examine the practical implications of AI’s increasing role in deceptive strategies, specifically the use of AI-powered bots and trolls, and the challenges and opportunities AI poses for defenders. The discussion will also analyse recent shifts in narrative strategies, including the exploitation of conflicts like the Hamas–Israel conflict, and assess the broader impact of social media platforms as instruments of propaganda. The goal is to provide actionable insights and encourage dialogue among professionals, deepening our understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities that AI introduces to the spheres of virtual manipulation and information warfare.