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Crises such as COVID-19 and the Ukraine war have revealed that the global information landscape is increasingly contested. Disinformation is a powerful tool – it can be deployed to deliberately deceive and influence perspectives, sowing confusion and distrust.
This panel will review the role of disinformation across a range of critical areas: biological warfare allegations, nuclear energy cooperation, and proliferation finance. Our experts will demonstrate that while disinformation is facilitated by digital technologies, these same technologies are fuelling a rise in the quantity and effectiveness of open source research that counters disinformation.
About the panel
- Chair: Dr Filippa Lentzos, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Science and Security Studies, Department of War Studies.
- False allegations of biological warfare labs in Ukraine and the role of open source research - Henrietta Wilson, Visiting Research Fellow, King's College London, and Dr Filippa Lentzos.
- Examining networks of discommunication and disinformation in conflict and health events - Rose Bernard, Centre for Conflict & Health Research, Department of War Studies.
- Disinformation to sow distrust of Western nuclear energy organisations - Dr Ross Peel, Research and Knowledge Transfer Manager, Centre for Science and Security Studies, Department of War Studies.
- Remodelling the multilateral export control regime: An attempt to disinform the UN General Assembly - Jean-Annet de Saint Rapt, Research Assistant, Centre for Science and Security Studies, Department of War Studies.
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