1. War And Propaganda (RFE/RL)

Following Russian setbacks in its bloody bid to subjugate Ukraine, is the propaganda changing? And why is Putin avoiding holding one of his big image-making exercises, the annual press conference? Ian Garner, an author and expert on Russian war propaganda, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss.

2. 2022 at the DFRLab: a year in review (DFRLab)

The DFRLab covered an extraordinary amount of ground over the last twelve months, publishing more than 200 investigations, case studies, and monitoring reports, as well as hosting our signature events 360/Open Summit and 360 Stratcom. And behind the scenes, we trained more than 1,400 people around the world representing civil society groups, independent media, and academia, exposing them to open-source research techniques as part of our Digital Sherlocks program, as well as in-person trainings on four continents.

3. Public diplomacy and nation branding in the wake of the Russia–Ukraine War (Article by Nadia Kaneva, Alina Dolea & Ilan Manor)

This academic Forum aims to identify academic concepts, theories, and assumptions from the field of public diplomacy and nation branding, which have been cast in doubt—or need to be re-examined—in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The Forum’s goal is to raise new questions and provoke new inquiries into the complex roles that media, communication, and public diplomacy play in the Russia–Ukraine War, and in military conflict more broadly.

4. European Information Technologies Certification Academy (EITCA)

Fully on-line and internationally accessible European IT Security Certification Academy from Brussels EU, governed by the European Information Technologies Certification Institute – a standard in attesting cybersecurity digital skills. The main mission of the EITCA Academy is to disseminate worldwide the EU based, internationally recognized, formal competencies certification standard, that can be accessed by all interested parties to support Information Society development and further EU and global economy growth.

5. 5 Discussions at CPD You Don’t Want to Miss (USCPD)

In 2022, CPD hosted critical discussions related to disinformation, climate diplomacy, innovation, technology, city diplomacy and more. Check out the following event video recordings, which feature experts who address timely, forward-looking perspectives on these issues and more in the field of public diplomacy.

6. Dutch scandal serves as a warning for Europe over risks of using algorithms (Politico)

The Dutch tax authority ruined thousands of lives after using an algorithm to spot suspected benefits fraud — and critics say there is little stopping it from happening again.

7. The Musk Bump: Quantifying the rise in hate speech under Elon Musk (Centre for Countering Digital Hate – CCDH)

Since his formal takeover of Twitter on October 27, Elon Musk has repeatedly promised to clamp down on hate speech while taking unilateral policy decisions, such as reinstating abusive accounts, that encourage the spread of hate speech on his platforms.

8. Thread Reader

Thread Reader helps you read and share Twitter threads easily!

9. 2023 predictions: 12 digital governance and diplomacy trends (Diplo Foundation)

In these predictions for 2023 we address these and other questions. You can also find our analysis on future trends in digital geopolitics, the vulnerability of submarine cables, the next steps in digital cooperation, challenges for data governance and cybersecurity, and much more.

10. Do social media undermine social cohesion?A critical review (Article by Sandra González-Bailón & Yphtach Lelkes)

Our discussion of the literature centers on howattitudes, perceptions, and beliefs are formed during the typeof online interactions encouraged by platforms, their design,and affordances. We consider the policy implications of exist-ing research, focusing on how empirical studies may informregulatory efforts and platform interventions.

11. Do diplomats trust online – and if so, how? (BISA – British International Students Organization)

Kristin Anabel Eggeling and Larissa Versloot discuss the key arguments from their new Review of International Studies (RIS) article. If you’d like to know more you can read the full article here – Taking trust online: Digitalisation and the practice of information sharing in diplomatic negotiations.

12. Digital Human (Delloite)

In these times, we rely more and more on digital communication. While technologies for this have steadily improved in recent years (chatbots, virtual assistants), what people crave – now more than ever – is the human touch.