Dr. Phoebe Fletcher, CSCIS EVP, International Policy and Political Science, Mitchell A. Orenstein Professor of Russian and East European Studies.
Carl Jack Miller Partner, CASM Technology, visiting scholar and research fellow at King’s College, London.
Richard Zaluski, CSCIS President, CEO – Chair / Moderator
March 31, 2022 | 3pm – 3:40 pm EST
PODCAST EVENT: Ukraine versus Russia: War in the Digital Frame.
The Information - Disinformation War
Thursday, March 31, 2022 3:00 pm - 3:40 pm EST
This event was broadcast live on Zoom.
This was a stream conversation focusing on the war in Ukraine, and the accompanying information war.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is both an actual war and a digital war, where both sides are fighting for information dominance. From the deepfake of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that hackers circulated on social media to a call on Telegram for citizen hackers to participate in defending critical infrastructure, the war in Ukraine is an example of fully digital war. At the same time, both countries are in a battle to control their narratives – with Russia shutting down western social media channels, and President Zelenskyy using Twitter as a vehicle to demonstrate international collaboration and support for Ukraine.
This session examines the Russia/Ukraine cyberwar through the lens of information and disinformation. In doing so, it provides insight into one of the most common forms of contemporary cyber warfare. This podcast features CSCIS President Richard Zaluski in discussion with guests Professor of Russian and East European Studies Mitchell Orenstein, Research Director for Demos’ Centre for the Analysis of Social Media Carl Miller, and lecturer in Digital Marketing Dr Phoebe Fletcher.
About the guests
Professor Mitchell Orenstein, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Orenstein’s research focuses on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, the role of ideas in economic policy reform, and Russia’s hybrid war on the West. Among his many published works are four prize-winning books on political economy and international affairs. His work The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War (Oxford University Press, 2019) explains the geopolitical competition between Russia and the West for influence in the lands between Russia and the European Union. It provides a useful guide to contemporary political dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe and in Western countries in an age of hybrid war.
Carl Miller, Research Director, CASM, Demos
Carl Miller is the Research Director for the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos. His research interests are in digital democracy, citizen journalism, information warfare and disinformation, and fake news. He researches and writes widely on these issues, including for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.
Dr Phoebe Fletcher, Massey University
Dr Fletcher is a lecturer in Digital Marketing at Massey University, New Zealand. She is the CSCIS Vice President, Political Science + International Affairs for the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies (CSCIS), where she runs programmes and analyses how social media is leveraged into current affairs, public policy, and mass media. Her research focuses on new and emerging digital technologies, and social media warfare.
Moderated by : Richard Zaluski, CSCIS President, CEO.
Richard Zaluski is a veteran in cybersecurity, a prominent voice and advocate on cyberspace, and an established leader in the field. He is in his twelfth year as president of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies, an independent, nonpartisan think tank, research, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource for people to help them better understand a digital world.
Richard is Founder, Chairman, President, CEO, Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + International Studies / CSCIS with 24 years of experience in ICT and cyber. He has presented at international conferences and summits on the issues and challenges within global cyberspace cybersecurity, as well as related national and economic security and persistent threats, in the USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia and the UK.