Disinformation Campaigns Target Tech-Enabled Citizen Journalists

Disinformation campaigns are popular among states accused of human rights violations and war crimes. And yet, tech-enabled citizens can set the record straight. Photo: OER Africa.

An African internet cafe. Photo: OER Africa.

Disinformation campaigns are popular among states accused of human rights violations and war crimes. None is more popular than the Russian template: a two-pronged approach that attacks the credibility of reporters of abuses as well as sows confusion about the reality of the abuse itself, thereby denying the possibility for any serious accounting. And yet, tech-enabled citizens can set the record straight. The collection of evidence—pictures, recordings, texts—can be crowd-sourced with the ubiquitous mobile phone. Combined with satellite imagery and international fact-finding missions, this evidence becomes irrefutable and can force accountability on states.

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Security Topics: Democratization