War in the Digital Age
About the Forum
Previous wars have been broadcast on the radio and TV, but Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 provide a two-way communication channel with a global reach. Winning the info-war, locally and globally, is increasingly part of strategizing. In Ukraine, Web 2.0 tools are amplified and magnified, not by armies of trolls, but by real people joining forces to resist the occupation and its disastrous consequences. Web 3.0 plays a visible role as cryptocurrencies are used to increase donations, meanwhile the same Fintech instruments can facilitate sanction avoidance. Digital technologies transform the way wars are fought, population support is provided, information and awareness are handled, and disruption contained. Questions addressed during the event include:
- How does this digital info-war differ from previous ones?
- How do social media platforms help silence and expose Putin’s propaganda machine?
- What are the mechanisms of combating censorship that have been used and refined during the crisis?
- Why is Zelensky’s communication strategy so effective at portraying him as a major leader and influencer?
- What is the Ukrainian IT army and how does digital citizen activism resist the Russian army of trolls?
- Are combating disinformation efforts successful? How are the big IT companies doing in combating disinformation?
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Schedule | Day 1
Wednesday July 27
Digital Impact on the War in Ukraine
Muoderated by Professor Nikos Panagiotou, President of Digital Communication Network Global and Aurra Kawanzaruwa, Head, DCN Africa
- Roman Ratushni, DCN Hub Member and anti-corruption activist who was executed by Russian forces in Izum, Kharkiv region and all other Ukrainian heroes who lost their lives during the war. Poem written in Roman’s honor by his father, read by Julia Reshitko, DCN Global’s Representative in Ukraine
- -The Honorable Bozhidar Bozhanov, Minister of e-Government, Bulgarian Government, Sofia, Bulgaria -The Honorable Herro Mustafa, U.S. Ambassador in Bulgaria
- Presenter: Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi, Researcher, DCN Global and NATO 2030 Global Fellowship Program
- Professor Nikos Panagiotou, President of Digital Communication Network Global moderates the panel
- Presenter: Elise Labott, Founder/CEO @zivvymedia, Adjunct Professor, American University and Columnist, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington DC, U.S.
- Presenter: Tim Squirrell, Head of Communications & Editorial, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London, U.K.
- Presenter: Emerson Brooking, Resident Senior Fellow, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Coauthor, Like War (a book exploring the intersection of social media, politics, and conflict)
- Coffee Break
- Aurra Kawanzaruwa moderates the panel
- Presenter: Andrew Hoskins, Global Security Professor, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
- Presenter: Veronika Boyko, Social Direction Chief, YouControl.com, Kyiv, Ukraine
- Presenter: Christopher Karadjov, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, California State University, Long Beach, CA, U.S.
- Presenter: Paulius Senuta, CEO, Not Perfect Companies, Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lunch Break
- Moderator Nikos Panagiotou Introduces a virtual discussion about Digital Transformation During a War. Presenters: Gulsanna Mamediieva, Director General of Directorate for Eurointegration at Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
- Aurra Kawanzaruwa Introduces a panel on Civil Society’s Response to the War.
- Internet censorship in Russia since the invasion, as well as censorship circumvention technologies adopted by citizens Presenter: Samuel Woodhams, Digital Rights Lead, Top10 VPN, London, U.K.
- Presenter: Pavel Antonov, Executive Editor/Co-founder, BlueLink Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Tao Legend Thomsen, Creative Director, Innovation, VICE Media
- Coffee Break
- Presenter: Ruth Kronenburg, Executive Director, Free Press Unlimited, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Βy DCN leadership (Ashken Grigoyan, Diana Filimon, Marianna Tanagia) Moderator Nikos Panagiotou
- (moderator Aurra Kawanzaruwa)
Schedule | Day 2
Thursday July 28
- Muoderated by Professor Nikos Panagiotou, President of Digital Communication Network Global and Aurra Kawanzaruwa, Head, DCN Africa
- Discussion moderated by Yulia Reshitko, DCN Representative in Ukraine. Presenters: Anastasia Aharkova, high-school student; Yaroslava Sheremeta, IREX Ukraine; Melania Podolyak, Digital Influencer, YouTuber
- Introduction by Nikos Panagiotou
- Charlotte Lindsey, Chief Public Policy Officer, CyberPeace Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
- Aurra Kawanzaruwa introduces the panel
- Presenter: Melanie Garson, Cyber Lead, Internet Policy Unit, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
- Minhac Celik, Founder, Ragusa Strategic Communication, Turkey
- Speaker: Alice Stollmeyer, Executive Director, Defend Democracy, Brussels, Belgium
- Discussion and Q&A
- Coffee Break
- Αurra Kawanzaruwa introduces a panel
- Vera Bergengruen, Washington Correspondent, TIME Magazine, Washington DC
- Oliver Large, Senior Policy Analyst at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
- Presenter: Meirav Harel, Founder and CEO of MHfintechs, University Lecturer, College of Management, Member of Board of Directors of Excellence Trade, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Nikos Panagiotou introduces a panel
- Presenter: Oleksandra Matviychuk, Head of the Board, Center for Civil Liberties, Kyiv, Ukraine (virtual)
- Presenter: Luke James, Programme Director Platform for Peace and Humanity, Slovakia
- Q&A session and discussion with the speakers
- Aurra Kawanzaruwa introduces the topic
- Presenter: Laura Edelson, Co-founder of New York University Tandon’s Cybersecurity for Democracy, New York, New York
- Presenter: Steven Feldstein, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program, Washington DC, U.S.
- Coffee Break
- Aurra Kawanzaruwa in a virtual dialogue about the situation in Ukraine and what the future might hold with DCN exchange alumni (TBA) -Alya Shandra, Editor in Chief, Euromaidan Press
- Led by both moderators
- End of the program