Algiers- The professor of political sciences and international relations, Moustapha Sayedj, warned of the danger of the new wars that use digital space to destroy countries and peoples by spreading lies and rumors, calling for raising awareness within society to face up to such schemes, while accusing some elites who claim democracy of working according to external agendas that aim to tarnish the image of Algeria.
Being the guest, Thursday night, of the program “TV interview” of the Algerian TV Channel News Three, which discussed the topic: the Awareness and Control of Technologies is the Challenge to The cybersecurity, the professor of political science and international relations said that the state traditionally maintains its sovereignty in its four dimensions over its land, air and maritime territory as sell as its space, adding that digital space has become the fifth factor in the sovereignty of the state due to the major problem it represents in its national dimension, considering that the new wars use digital space to trigger conflicts within societies.
Moustapha Sayedj stressed, in this regard, the danger of information and rumors spread on social media to national security of countries in general, saying: “We are facing a new generation of wars that destroy homelands, as it is the case in a number of Arab countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.” He called for scrutinizing all information and beware of “new missionaries who are trying to dominate the cyberspace by spreading rumors and fake news.”
Speaking about the situation in Algeria and the challenges besetting us in the midst of this global electronic war, the professor of political science and international relations stressed the importance of enhancing the degree of individual and community awareness of Algerians by raising and training generations on how to distinguish between true and fake news and how to deal with various information and rumors in light of digital globalization.
As for the role of national elites in the training and support of Algerian society in the face of the increase of these cyber-attacks, Professor Sayedj classified these elites into three categories, the first category being positive forces working in order to contribute to the battle of building a modern state, consecrating the principles of democracy and correcting mistakes, citing the saying of the late moudjahid Slimane Amirat who said, “If I have to choose between Algeria and democracy, I will choose Algeria.” The second category are fictitious heroes on social media sites carrying slogans of which they do not understand the goals. As for the third category of elites, they are the ones who claim democracy and have links with non-governmental organizations that have been endeavoring for years to criminalize state institutions and demanding the intervention of the United Nations.