Thursday, December 24, 2009

Information Operations in and around EVE Online

So last year I wrote a paper about EVE Online and the interesting things corporations do to each other. Recently I've been polishing it before submitting it to a journal and as a special blog-warming post I thought I'd post my current draft. If you read it, I'd be interested to know what you think.

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMOs) provide a persistent virtual world for players to explore and interact with. CCP’s EVE Online is a science fiction MMO that explicitly encourages conflict between players. Information operation strategies are employed by groups of EVE Online players inside and outside the virtual world to seek tactical and strategic advantage. Players use propaganda, deception, and computer hacking techniques to complement their virtual military and economic operations. This paper examines how information operations are being conducted in and around EVE Online and the effect MMO information operations can have on the greater information environment.

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