UA_Analytica_21_2020

DOUBLE CHALLENGE: THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND THE GLOBAL INFODEMIC

The coronavirus not only is challenging national health care systems but also creates a favourable environment for numerous information attacks. The global infodemic is another challenge to address. In the article, the author shows who benefits from spreading fakes and what goals these actors have (the most obvious actor is the Russian Federation). The article considers some fundamental principles in which an “info vaccination” may be grounded, considering national patterns of information perception. Among these principles, the following should be named: case studies of typical disinformation, mobilisation of opinion-makers for the sake of public interest, cooperation with the institutions of civil society, and, the most importantly, stressing that the public interest is the multiplied personal interest.



Yevhen Mahda

Yevhen Mahda, PhD, is an associate professor at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, the National Technical University, and the executive director at the Institute of World Policy, Ukraine. Author of reports “Hybrid War: Survive and Win” (Kharkiv, 2015), “Russia’s Hybrid Aggression: Lessons for the Europe” (Kyiv, 2017), and “Games of Images: How Europe Perceives Ukraine” (Kharkiv, 2016, with co-author Tetyana Vodotyka). His book “The Sixth: Memories of the Future” – a study of Ukrainian presidents – was published in 2017. Since April 2017, he is a member of the Public Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.


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