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Ep. 012: Synthetic Internet, The New Frontier - Robert Pratten

Ep. 012: Synthetic Internet, The New Frontier - Robert Pratten

We are joined by the CEO of Conductrr, Robert Pratten, who takes the time to provide us with a masterclass in the development of virtual copies of the internet - or synthetic internet.

While not necessarily a new idea, Robert explains some of the more recent approaches and applications for this type of technology, which is especially relevant to multi-domain operations and the ‘grey zone’.

Robert explains typical use cases, the need for a digital twin of the internet, the advantages for such a sand-pit environment, as well as the type of training objectives that can be supported.

In an ever complex threat environment, this type of training can be used to support multi-agency training, allowing operators to rehearse how they might collaborate in real time and respond to emerging threats. The discussion moves to where the technology might lead and how large a synthetic internet might need to be in the future.

VIDEO of Colin being put through his paces on Conductrr's crisis training platform can be found here: https://youtu.be/wrNEthnofm4

Episode Sponsor: Conductrr

Conducttr is a hybrid warfare/crisis simulation platform that supports a wide range of realistic command post and field exercises. Its synthetic Internet delivers a realistic virtual information environment ideal for exercising in information operations, media operations, social media, OSINT, cyber, CIMIC, and foreign affairs as well homeland security, counter-terrorism and humanitarian disaster relief.

Conducttr can be used solo or with operational systems (as a “digital wrap”) during live exercises that can last from an hour to several weeks. Available on cloud, on premises with VMware and deployable on laptop as needed.







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Robert Pratten


Robert is CEO and founder of Conducttr – the hybrid warfare exercising platform. Robert is an internationally recognized thought-leader in transmedia storytelling and the simulation of information operations. He is a vegetarian and part-time Buddhist.

Robert is secretary of the Human Performance Markup Language (HPML) product group for the Simulation and Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) and author of the book Getting Started in Transmedia Storytelling: A Practical Guide for Beginners. He can be found online as @robpratten