Jubileumsföreläsning: Informationspåverkan i valrörelsen
The way citizens across the world consume news and information has changed drastically during the last two decades. The rapid development of communication and information technology coupled with new social media platforms has made it considerably easier for domestic and international actors alike to reach and potentially influence target audiences on a large scale.
About the seminar
The new information landscape has also enabled increased capability and decreased cost in the production of communication products and campaigns. The techniques used range from short messages and comments to authentic or facricated leaks of hacked data, as well as audio, image- and video products.
In addition, a specific spotlight has been cast on the vulnerabilities of elections as a number of influence related events concerning elections have occured, for example in the U.S. and France. In these cases Russia has used a combination of intelligence, cyber- and influence capabilities against democratic election processes. Also, disinformation aimed at specific target audiences as well as the use of automated bots to boost dissemination on social media platforms has been identified by intelligence agencies in respective countries, international security firms and social media companies.
These rising challenges have also been highlighted by the Swedish government, such as an increase of influence campaigns targeted at Sweden and the need to increase the national capability to identify, analyze and counter such activities when necessary.
The seminar will introduce some perspectives on the increase of election related influence operations during the last few years, with a specific focus on relevant developments during the Swedish national election of 2018.
- Dr. Greg Treverton, Senior Advisor at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish Defence University and former Chairman for the U.S. National Intelligence Council. Treverton recently published a study focusing on Russian influence during the 2016 U.S. elections.
- Björn Palmertz, Senior Analyst at the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish Defence University.
This seminar is held in English.