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Information Wars: Social Media and Politics in Russia & Eastern Europe

Thu, April 25, 2019 | RLP 1.302E

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Information Wars: Social Media and Politics in Russia & Eastern Europe

This symposium will encourage a fruitful conversation about the role and impact of mainstream and social media—and in particular about information and disinformation wars—in political battles, trajectories, and outcomes in Russia and Eastern Europe. Speakers will also discuss the ways in which these processes and networks have had global impacts, such as in the 2016 US elections and beyond. 


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Panel 1

Instrumentation: Strategy and Tactics

Joshua Tucker and Denis Stukal

For Whom the Bot Tolls: Theorizing, Finding, and Analyzing Russian Political Twitter Bots

Olga Onuch and Emma Mateo

Information and Mobilisation: The Role of Media Sources in Protest Mobilisation, Demobilisation, and Support


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Break


2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Panel 2

Context: Language and Narratives

Peter Pomerantsev

The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself

Ilya Yablokov

The World According to the Truthseekers: Conspiracy and the Everyday on RT

Aliaksandr Herasimenka

Political Information and Disinformation on Messaging Platforms:

"Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus


4:00 pm - 4:15 pm Break


4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

UT Faculty/Student Projects

Sharon Strover and German Alvarez

Facebook and the Russian IRA Campaign

Mary Neuburger, Oksansa Lutsyshyna, and student team

Social Media, Youth and Politics, and the 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Elections

Kiril Avramov and student team

Cognitive Assault Munitions: Russian Disinformation and Transmediated Rumors in Action

Sponsored by: Center for Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies; Center for European Studies; Clements Center for National Security; the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

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