Information War in Donbas and Psychological Immunity Against Misinformation


Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


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Jon Roozenbeek, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Moderated by Emily Channell-Justice, Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, HURI

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The Information War in Donbas and Psychological Immunity against Misinformation


The Donbas War (2014-present) is one of the world's foremost theatres of not only kinetic but also information warfare. The first part of this lecture examines the dominant media narratives in the so-called "People's Republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk, and how the ruling authorities of these republics have sought to discursively construct ingroup and outgroup identities as part of a large-scale influence campaign. The second half of this lecture explores the "demand side" of news consumption: What makes news headlines, and especially misinformation, persuasive? What factors predict whether someone believes information that is untrue? And finally: Is it possible to reduce the likelihood of people being persuaded by misinformation?

About the Speaker

Jnn RoozenbeekJon Roozenbeek is a research fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses broadly on misinformation, vaccine hesitancy, polarization, and online extremism. As part of his research, Jon has developed numerous interventions aimed at reducing susceptibility to misinformation, including online 'fake news' games such as Bad News, Harmony Square, and Go Viral. His PhD dissertation (2020) examined media narratives in the "People's Republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. Jon has won numerous awards for his work, including the Frank Prize in Public Interest Communications from the University of Florida, and the Brouwer Trust in Science Award from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences.

Moderator: Emily Channell-Justice, Director, Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

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