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The politics of countering foreign disinformation

Add to calendar 2023-03-23 16:30 2023-03-23 18:00 Europe/Rome The politics of countering foreign disinformation Sala Belvedere Villa Schifanoia YYYY-MM-DD


23 March 2023

16:30 - 18:00 CET


Sala Belvedere

Villa Schifanoia

Join Scott Radnitz for his talk on the political implications of disinformation in democracies.
In recent years, numerous commentators have cited disinformation, originating from Russian, Chinese, and domestic sources, as a contributor to political polarisation and the erosion of trust in the U.S. and Europe. In response, politicians, think tanks, corporate leaders, NGOs, and scholars have warned of and devoted significant resources to countering disinformation. This talk presents a first cut at developing a framework on the political implications of this discourse in democracies. It asks how both liberal and illiberal actors frame, contest, and instrumentalise disinformation in the public discourse. Episodes from the US and EU member states are used to illustrate how these dynamics play out in practice. In light of the intense focus on disinformation in a relatively short time span, the preeminence of particular narratives about its consequences, and the largely technical solutions that have been proposed to counter it, there is a need for a critical perspective that foregrounds the politics around disinformation. 
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