The Analysis of Narratives and Disinformation in the Global Information Environment Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Damian Milewski
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIII, Special Issue 3, 3-17, 2020
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/1848


We are currently witnessing widespread disinformation, propaganda, and manipulation in the information space, potentially harmful consequences on national security. The COVID-19 pandemic has become an opportunity to increase activity in conducting offensive information activities and building narratives affecting the global information environment. This article aimed to analyze the narrative and disinformation in the global information space amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus was on examining various forms and methods of spreading disinformation and the possible effects of undertaken actions and entities conducting disinformation campaigns. This article is primarily based on a review of press and government information, analyzed using the open-source method. The paper is also based on theoretical research methods such as analysis, synthesis, and deduction and examining the content of source materials, which include scientific studies of analytical centers. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the spread of aggressive information campaigns aimed at managing perception. Some of these activities are linked to intentional and coordinated activities carried out by the state or state sponsored actors. The main objective of the activities undertaken is to strengthen the international position of certain entities.

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