Framing shifts of the Ukraine conflict in pro-russian news media

Sultan Alzahrani, Nyunsu Kim, Mert Ozer, Scott W. Ruston, Jason Schlachter, Steve R. Corman

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Abstract

An important aspect of information operations (IO) are influence campaigns where a state actor or organizations under its control attempt to shift public opinion by framing information to support a narrative that facilitate their goals. If there is a playbook in operation, then in principle it should be possible to detect its signatures in mainstream media and to potentially provide early warning of malicious intent. This paper describes the results of a proof-of-concept effort where our goal was to detect framing shifts during the Ukraine conflict in pro-Russian news media surrounding the 2014 annexation of Crimea. Our results show significant framing shifts exceeding a smaller peak of 2010, in November 2013, and sharply spiking and trending again in Dec 2013, three-four months ahead of Crimea’s annexation by the Russian Federation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling - 11th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS 2018, Proceedings
EditorsHalil Bisgin, Robert Thomson, Ayaz Hyder, Christopher Dancy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages303-314
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319933719
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event11th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction conference and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, SBP-BRiMS 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2018Jul 13 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10899 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other11th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction conference and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, SBP-BRiMS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period7/10/187/13/18

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Keywords

  • Framing analysis
  • Framing shifts detection
  • Time series data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

Alzahrani, S., Kim, N., Ozer, M., Ruston, S. W., Schlachter, J., & Corman, S. R. (2018). Framing shifts of the Ukraine conflict in pro-russian news media. In H. Bisgin, R. Thomson, A. Hyder, & C. Dancy (Eds.), Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling - 11th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS 2018, Proceedings (pp. 303-314). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 10899 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93372-6_34