On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine, instigating the biggest ground war in Europe since World War II. In the age of technology, social media itself has also become grounds of war. Russia, armed with its sophisticated disinformation infrastructure, has sought to rewrite key events in war while flooding platforms with inauthentic activity. Social media companies, meanwhile, have been struggling with complicated, time-sensitive policy decisions where lives are at stake.
To discuss complications in the latest version of information warfare, Samantha Lai, guest host of the TechTank podcast and research assistant at the Center for Technology Innovation, is joined by Jessica Brandt, policy director of the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative and fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology at the Brookings Institution, and Emerson Brooking, resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab. Together, they will discuss the roles of technology and disinformation in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and how social media companies and the American government have responded. They also discuss the precedents being set for the future of the global internet.