Information warfare in the internet

In the twenty-first century of hyperconnectivity, ínformation warfare has become one of the principal battlefields, where conflicts can be less about whose army wins than whose story wins. It poses a serious challenge to the United States and its European allies, primarily the “frontline states” such as Poland, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldova and Ukraine. A plethora of mechanisms is used to promote conspiratorial discourse, pollute the information space, increase polarisation and undermine democratic debate. 

PSSI, together with think tanks from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Ukraine is involved in a project devoted to gaining a better understanding of the pro-Kremlin disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe. It is focused on monitoring online media, searching for common patterns and key subjects undergoing manipulation. The goal is to capture similarities and differences in disinformation strategies tailored at individual countries participating in the project. Conclusions from comparative research, as well as recommendations how to counter propaganda, will be presented in a report distributed to decision-makers from the region, the EU, and NATO.

Dates of implementation: July 2016 – June 2017