Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy

1st Edition

Corneliu Bjola, James Pamment

Routledge
December 19, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138578630 - CAT# Y382934
Series: Routledge New Diplomacy Studies

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Summary

Exploring the ‘dark side’ of digital diplomacy, this volume highlights some of the major problems facing democratic institutions in the West and provides concrete examples of best practice in reversing the tide of digital propaganda.

Digital diplomacy is now part of the regular conduct of international relations, but Information Warfare is characterised by the exploitation or weaponization of media systems to undermine confidence in institutions: the resilience of open, democratic discourse is tested by techniques such as propaganda, disinformation, fake news, trolling and conspiracy theories. This book introduces a thematic framework by which to better understand the nature and scope of the threats that the weaponization of digital technologies increasingly pose to Western societies. The editors instigate interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration between scholars and practitioners on the purpose, methods, and impact of strategic communication in the digital age and its diplomatic implications. What opportunities and challenges does strategic communication face in the digital context? What diplomatic implications need to be considered when governments employ strategies for countering disinformation and propaganda? Exploring such issues, the contributors demonstrate that responses to the weaponization of digital technologies must be tailored to the political context that make it possible for digital propaganda to reach and influence vulnerable publics and audiences. 

This book will be of much interest to students of diplomacy studies, counter-radicalisation, media and communication studies, and International Relations in general.

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