DCN SE Hub News

May 28. Covid19 and Malign Influence Efforts

The world has been confronting a major global pandemic. The challenge is not only the disease itself, and its impact on people’s lives, but also the “infodemic” of misinformation, undermining science and creating divisions in societies during a time when a common approach and cooperation are needed. Fake news spreads as fast as the actual virus, multiplying its strength and reach.

The webinar presents and discusses malign influences, materialized in fake news, conspiracy theories and falsehoods related to COVID-19. Our prestigious speakers provide, through case studies and experiences, a global perspective, leading to identifying noticeable sources and methods, relevant patterns, and damaging outcomes of malign influences. Speakers explore examples from different countries, noticeable evolving trends as well as efforts to combat distortions, educate publics and have truthful narratives prevail.

Ass. Professor Nikos Panagiotou │Aristotle University, Journalism/Mass Communication│Thessaloniki

Bob Pearson │Author, advisor and entrepreneur;
Seth Jones│ Harold Brown Chair; Director, Transnational Threats Project; and Senior Adviser, International Security Program│ USA
Franak Viacorka | Digital Communication Network | Minsk

This event is part of Digital Communication Network Southeast Europe hub’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The series aims to engage digital communities globally, to promote accurate information, combat distortions, encourage responsible behavior, and discourage panic, support mitigation of a global pandemic, and avoid major societal disruptions.

DCN SOUTHEAST EUROPE HUB is a consortium of Aristotle University, Digital Communication Network, non-profits, public and private organizations and companies involved in the fields of digital communication, social impact campaigns, technology, and innovation. It is a unique, interdisciplinary coalition tapping into the best talent and resources across Europe.