Disinformation and Humanitarian Crisis: Research Networking Event
This research networking event aims to bring together researchers and practitioners working at the intersection of humanitarian communication and digital disinformation. While most research on digital disinformation has focused on the manipulation of electoral outcomes, this event considers its wider impact in crisis and conflict situations — from sowing racial or religious divisiveness to promoting state-sponsored violence. This event aims to share insights and approaches across disciplines and sectors by considering questions such as:
1) What are the social consequences of digital disinformation to vulnerable communities in conflict situations?
2) What are the motivations and work arrangements of architects of disinformation? What existing legal or self-regulatory frameworks that can be used to disincentivize disinformation production?
3) What have we learned so far about the wealth of research on “rumor cultures” in humanitarian crises? What are the best practices of #commisaid when it comes to fact-checking and how can these feed into verification initiatives aimed at political disinformation?
4) What are organizational and technological support mechanisms that help aid workers address disinformation through their work hierarchies of global, national, and local staff?
5) What kinds of disinformation campaigns are used to delegitimize foreign aid actors (including human rights advocates) in hostile political contexts?
This will be an informal event designed to identify promising areas for research and potential collaboration. Participants will be given time to speak about their research interests.
Stijn Aelbers, Internews Humanitarian Advisor, will be speaking at the event.
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Department of Journalism at City, University of London
London EC1V 0HB