Russia orchestrated The “Gerasimov Doctrine” that called for an emphasis on using continuous “information warfare” to divide and distract Western countries and for continuous information warfare over military warfare. During the 2016 presidential election, Russians and hackers in Albania and Macedonia programmed bot attacks (computer commands) placed automated bogus posts on social media in favor of Trump and against Clinton. The bots searched for and posted news helpful to Trump and hurtful for Clinton. For example, the bots targeted Bernie Sanders voters during the campaign, planting hate stories on their sites—fake news, about Hillary Clinton. The stories posted by the bots linked to reactionary sites like Russian RT and Steve Bannon’s Breitbart. The Russians used WikkiLeaks to publicize hacks from the Democratic Headquarters at strategic points when Trump lagged in the polls and exaggerated the impact of Clinton’s use of a private email server. It’s possible that Russian use of information warfare achieved their aims as Trump attacks NATO and the State Department.
Interviews with 1,833 US young adults in February and March of 2017 in all 50 states found that majorities of all ethnic groups disapprove of President Trump.[i] Many question the legitimacy of his election, mistrusting the Russian intervention in the campaign. Their dislike leads a majority of them to oppose his policies online and express their views to public officials. Smaller percentages donated money and participated in a demonstration. A majority of people of color approved of protests against Trump, but only 47% of white respondents approved. The Millennials also dislike Vice-President Mike Pence. Their top concerns are about health care, education, racism and immigration, although white respondents don’t list racism in their top three issues: health care, the environment, and education.
[i] “GenForward: A survey of the Black Youth Project,” the APNORC Center for Public Affairs Research, March 2017.
The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey of almost 8,000 full-time employees in mostly large companies, likely well-educated, from 30 developed and emerging countries, found that their personal values were the main influence on making decisions at work (including 64% of senior managers), rather than making a profit for their employer or personally becoming rich or famous. However, in choosing an employer, pay and financial benefits are most important to the respondents, followed by opportunity for work-life balance. They prefer a creative and inclusive work culture over an authoritarian rules-based approach.
“The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey,” Deloitte, 2016.