by Ulson Gunnar
14 April 2015
The information war can be quickly lost if one cannot get their
assets onto the "battlefield."
For the US, UK or Europe, the constant
din of their propaganda spread across the planet via their
impressive and immense media networks has recently run into a few
In nations like Russia, China or Iran, ruling governments and local
industry have begun creating their own Internets, their own
alternatives to US-controlled social media platforms and search
engines, and in some cases, even their own hardware to run it all
They have also taken a cue from the US
and decided to put in "kill switches" and censorship measures to
prevent information from abroad being piped into their nation and
disseminated among their populations.
Or more accurate than saying "to prevent information from abroad,"
one could say, "propaganda from abroad."
For instance, the US State Department's
Voice of America network
openly attempts to insert narratives favorable to US interests in
targeted countries. So important does the US State Department see
this mission, it has even attempted to construct independent
communication networks by building their own towers and relay
The US State Department has also spent millions of dollars on
developing an "Internet in a suitcase," or a means to create an
Internet among activists even when the government of a nation
targeted by the US for regime change shuts down the real Internet.
Far from science fiction, the New
York Times would even cover it in their article, "U.S.
Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors."
But the problem the US State Department and the special interests
that underwrite it, is that such solutions are easily overcome by
other governments, and even non-state actors operating in the
defense of their nation against US-backed sedition.
In order to crowdsource such a project, and have it spread
prolifically across the planet, it must be made to appear
altruistic, unattached to the political subversion it is
actually created for, and put into the hands of unwitting,
well-intentioned hackers for the purpose of building it, refining it
and perpetually updating it to adapt and overcome whatever
challenges it faces.
Enter the "Outernet"
At first glance,
the Outernet looks like an amazing
social project by genuine people interested in empowering people
with the vast amounts of free information available on the Internet.
It is a satellite based broadcast,
meaning it can reach anyone on Earth with a receiver. And while it
talks about a "library in your pocket" and how having that
information could change society, it also talks about the inability
for sovereign governments to censor it.
But who would want to censor a library?
At second glance, one will notice Syed Karim, the "founder"
of Outernet. Karim was previously "director of innovation" at the
Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)
which, surprise, funds the Outernet.
And in turn, MDIF is run by former
Open Society (grantmaking
network founded by
George Soros), with Open Society funding MDIF.
In other words, at second glance, we see Open Society behind the
Outernet through a series of carefully concealed fronts and an
incestuous, tangled web of conflicts of interest.
The initial nobility of the concept only
further spirals into the abyss of government and corporate sponsored
mass public persuasion and manipulation when one reads the archives
of what has actually been broadcast already using Outernet.
Some of my favorites include "war surgery," perfect for America's
terrorist mercenary army now operating in,
There is also,
The Albert Einstein Institution,
it should be remembered, played a central role in building up the US
State Department's various networks behind so-called "color
revolutions" that have since hit Ukraine, the Middle East and even
as far as Southeast and East Asia.
Content is broadcast based on "votes." But as everyone should know,
voting itself is subject to mass manipulation either of the
voters' own perception, or of the very mechanics of the vote itself.
It is also very clear that content that
is either well sponsored, or is put out by well organized groups,
gets placed toward the top of the list including links to the
Thus the "great equalizer" Karim claimed Outernet is in fact yet
another channel of Western government and corporate propaganda,
giving those who already monopolize vast territory amid the
information war, yet another weapon to use against unsuspecting
The only real feature that makes
Outernet different from cable television or the Internet, is the
fact that it is broadcast from a satellite, and thus difficult to
block in a targeted country, and receivable by whomever the US State
Department takes pilfered tax dollars and buys receiver sets for.
Currently, however, there is also a lot of very useful information
that is being broadcast, voted up by legitimate users of the system,
using the system as it should in theory be used. The problem is,
whenever special interests want, they can override "the vote," and
spread propaganda and sedition anywhere on Earth.
It should be noted that projects
and Facebook, both
partners of the NSA and its information war against
humanity, have similar plans to Outernet.
They propose roving drones or airships
that transmit the Internet all over the world like Outernet's
satellite arrangement. Again, it would be assets controlled by
the US government and corporations, and potentially beyond
the reach of sovereign nations targeted by broadcasts and the
sedition they are there to support.
It is clear that at least one foot has been placed in space,
regarding the ongoing and ever-evolving information war.
Other nations are likely to follow suit,
placing their own broadcasters above the West and beaming down
information the West would otherwise like controlled or silenced
For the hackers and enthusiasts
clamoring over the idea of Outernet, they can't be blamed.
But they would be wise to look deeper
into who is behind it, and think about alternatives they
could create to truly realize this concept as it should be, and deny
these interests yet another noble cause to hide behind, and
ultimately ruin with their deceit.