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Swedish Defence University, Department of Political Science and Law, Political Science Division.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0198-2221
2023 (Swedish)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 125, no 3, p. 649-667Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Russian information influence as an enduring threatOn February 27 2022, the EU announced that it would ban the Russian state-sponsoredplatforms RT and Sputnik from the European media space. The controversialreaction demonstrates that European politicians take the destructiveness ofauthoritarian states’ international broadcasting seriously. This article addresses thenature of the threat, conceptualised as ‘malign information influence’ (MII): informationsponsored by authoritarian regimes or other hostile actors and projectedthrough international broadcasting outlets across borders. The article exploresreactions to Russian information influence and outlines key problems that it cancause, above all polarisation and the undermining of trust, media and democracy.It exemplifies Russian information influence towards the Ukraine and a number ofother states and exposes different channels, strategies and techniques. Effects arebriefly discussed. The article’s key argument is that information influence shouldnot be reduced to a problem of sudden ‘campaigns’ or ‘operations’. It is an enduring,long term, threat.

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2023. Vol. 125, no 3, p. 649-667
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11709DiVA, id: diva2:1781247
Available from: 2023-07-07 Created: 2023-07-07 Last updated: 2023-08-11Bibliographically approved

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