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Global Challenges
Issue no. 13 | May 2023
The Global Disinformation Order
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Global Challenges
Issue no. 13 | May 2023
The Global Disinformation Order

The present issue seeks to better apprehend the nature of this new era of digital disinformation and how it differs from prior eras marked by the dissemination of more traditional propaganda (notably the Cold War) or by the spread of American (or liberal) soft power through mass media and consumption. In so doing the issue seeks to address a series of questions such as: has traditional propaganda consisting in over-selling a model or ideology by means of manipulation and mass media been replaced by the generalisation of disinformation in the post-truth era characterized by systematic epistemic deconstruction and the outright discreditation of any truth claims? What is the role of states (as opposed to other actors) in this process and what tools and operational mechanisms are they mobilizing to pursue their global (dis-)information campaigns? What is the impact of the generalisation of alternative facts and disinformation campaigns on the international order? Who is to win and lose from it? What can be done, notably at the international level and the UN, to counter the noxious effects of global disinformation campaigns and to recreate trust in the global information order?

Articles for this issue

The Global Disinformation Order
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    Narrative Warfare in the Digital Age

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    Propaganda and Disinformation between East and West: A Long-Term Perspective

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    The Politics of International Legal Justifications: On Truth, Lies and Bullshit

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    Interpreting Disinformation

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    Vulgar Vibes: The Atmospheres of the Global Disinformation Order

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    The Propaganda War over Ukraine: Unanimity, on Both Sides?

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    “Dezinformatsiya” and Foreign Information Manipulation and Interference

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    The Politics of Information Manipulation in the 21st Century: A Case Study of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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    The Islamic State’s Virtual Caliphate

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