I’m Nina Jankowicz, Disinformation Fellow at the Wilson Center and author of HOW TO LOSE THE INFORMATION WAR. I study how tech interacts with democracy -- often in undesirable ways. AMA!
I’ve spent my career fighting for democracy and truth in Russia and Eastern Europe. I worked with civil society activists in Russia and Belarus and spent a year advising Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on strategic communications. These experiences inspired me to write about what the United States and West writ large can learn from countries most people think of as “peripheral” at best.
Since the start of the Trump era, and as coronavirus has become an "infodemic," the United States and the Western world has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and attacks from malign actors. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: what can the West do about it?
My book, How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict is out now and seeks to answer that question. The lessons it contains are even more relevant in an election year, amid the coronavirus infodemic and accusations of "false flag" operations in the George Floyd protests.
The book reports from the front lines of the information war in Central and Eastern Europe on five governments' responses to disinformation campaigns. It journeys into the campaigns the Russian and domestic operatives run, and shows how we can better understand the motivations behind these attacks and how to beat them. Above all, this book shows what is at stake: the future of civil discourse and democracy, and the value of truth itself.
I look forward to answering your questions about the book, my work, and disinformation more broadly ahead of the 2020 presidential election. This is a critical topic, and not one that should inspire any partisan rancor; the ultimate victim of disinformation is democracy, and we all have an interest in protecting it.
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