Misinformation and Disinformation

We’ve found some good content that speaks to how propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation are fed into our digital lives, amplified by emotional appeals, and are used by authoritarian actors (and marketers) alike! We’re going to re-post it below:

More than a quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR in December 1991. The world has experienced a technological revolution at a pace never before witnessed. Russia was given every chance to join the family of nations. But instead it has opted for a regime as repressive in many ways as the Soviet one was, and which, like its Soviet predecessor, has set as one of its principles the idea that the West is the enemy. And if the West is the enemy, then everything Russian must be better.

So the propaganda machine, actively spreading disinformation around the world, concentrates also on turning the brains of Russian citizens to mush. Just as in the one-party state which was the Soviet Union, thinking is dangerous; let us tell you what to think. It is tempting simply to laugh at the peddling of such nonsense. But there is a deadly serious message behind it: it is subliminally preparing the Russian population for a war with the West.

Disinformation Begins At Home by staff via Integrity Initiative

How Propaganda Persuades With Emotion by Kseniya Kirillova via Integrity Initiative

Learn To Discern: Media Literacy Training via IREX

Counter-propaganda Does Not Work via Political Capital Policy Research & Consulting Institute