In the 21st Century security environment, information warfare campaigns use propaganda and disinformation to assault citizenries political will, manipulate public opinion, and erode socio-political institutions that are the fundamental fabric of democracy. Malign information actors exploit the low costs and audience-targeting affordances of contemporary media to distribute weaponized narratives in order to foment polarization, distrust of institutions, and democratic governmental paralysis. Government security and emergency management agencies, as well as communities writ large, need better understanding of disinformations rhetorical mechanisms in order to defend against disinformations pernicious attacks and develop resilience against its effects. This project addresses these needs in a three phase approach: Phase 1 analyzes the narrative logic of propaganda and disinformation narratives promulgated by Russian state-sponsored media platforms; Phase 2 analyses the alignment of the Russian narratives with those circulated by activist groups and demographic segments of society in the United States and Sweden; Phase 3 qualitatively evaluates the depth and impact of the polarization and distrust effects of these narratives. Understanding narrative alignment can help security agencies allocate limited response and interdiction resources; understanding narrative logic and qualitative effects is knowledge fundamental to building resilience development programs.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/20 → 7/2/20|
- US Department of Homeland Security (DHS): $13,743.00