2014 Plenary 5:
Get Smart: Gaining Intelligence, Missing the Meaning

In the global race for intelligence, panelists explored the evolving conditions, within which state and non-state actors alike are collecting and sharing information. Panelists assessed the value and usefulness of traditional forms of often covert and costly intelligence gathering compared to the availability of open-source resources. Panelists discussed the use of social media platforms as a tool for extremist forces to propagate their messages and gain support. It was agreed that free and democratic states have a more compelling message to deliver, but they have to improve on delivery to win the ideological war. ISIL’s use of the Forum’s hashtag (#HISF2014) was put forward as an example of their widespread use of social media.