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By: Vitalijs Rakstins

Diaries of the Information War

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Do you know who are internet trolls and how they operate? Are you aware of the cyber risks faced every day? Do you know how to minimize your digital footprint and disappear from the web? Diaries of the Information War is a fictional novel which addresses these questions. It is an educational experiment to raise teenagers’ awareness of media literacy, data literacy and cyber-hygiene using so-called red teaming methods (a red team is a group that plays the role of an enemy).This story is about a teenager, Dan, who, step by step, is drawn into an internet troll factory and, against his will, participates in the information war, which results in tragedy. Each chapter describes how the situation deteriorates, how daily life changes – partly because of Dan’s actions. This book is for teenagers to help them avoid the mistakes of the main characters. All characters and events in this book are entirely fictional. Still, similar events described in the book are ongoing nowadays on the streets of many cities. 


Vitalijs Rakstins is a security expert with more than 16 years of experience working in the Latvian ministry of interior and ministry of defence. He is also a lecturer and advisor on national security, including information security and cyber defence. Vitalijs continues to educate and experiment with how to raise teenagers’ awareness about digital and informational security. This book is one of the efforts to attract young adults to change behaviour and become more resilient in the digital environment.

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