Protests

#71: Russian Disinformation and Social Media in Ukraine, with Kateryna Kruk

Kateryna Kruk, Analyst at StopFake and Special Fellow at the European Values Think-Tank, discusses the development and strategies of Russian disinformation in Ukraine. Kateryna shares her experiences using Twitter to promote awareness about the Euromaidan protests, and we dig deeper into the role social media played in the 2014 Ukranian Revolution. We then discuss how Russian used digital media to spread disinformation around the annexation of Crimea and armed conflict in Donbass. Finally, Kateryna shares her insights into how to use social media for government communication, based on her work with the Ukranian Parliament. Other topics include deep fakes and disinformation ahead of the 2019 Ukranian Presidential elections.

#69: Protests and Demonstrations in Northern Ireland, with Dr. Paul Reilly

Dr. Paul Reilly, Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society at the University of Sheffield, shares his research on the role of social media in protests in Northern Ireland. We first discuss the “Irish Border Question” in relation to Brexit, and then hone in on two demonstrations in Northern Ireland: the union flag protests in 2013 and the Ardoyne parade dispute in 2014. The discussion highlights how much of the contemporary debates around Facebook and Twitter (e.g., disinformation, propaganda, and user privacy) have roots much earlier than the 2016 US election.

The two articles covered in the episode are:

  1. Researching protest on Facebook: developing an ethical stance for the study of Northern Irish flag protest pages
  2. Tweeting for peace? Twitter and the Ardoyne parade dispute in Belfast, July 2014

#3: Ă–resundsrevolutionen and Facebook: Protesting Sweden’s Border Controls on Social Media, with Niels Paarup-Petersen

In late 2015, the Swedish government imposed border controls to stem the influx of migrants to Sweden from the refugee crisis. A small group of regional politicians in Southern Sweden set up a Facebook page, Ă–resundsrevolutionen, to protest the border controls. In this episode Niels Paarup-Petersen, a regional politician from the Center Party, shares his insight into how and why the movement to protest the border controls is taking place on Facebook. We discuss Ă–resundsrevolutionen’s communication strategy on Facebook, the role social media plays in advocating its message, and how the movement is using Facebook to place pressure on the Swedish government to repeal the border controls.