Antibot Training: How to Expose Information Manipulation?

September 15, 2021
We invite you to participate in the training “Antibot: How to Expose Information Manipulation?”.
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On 16 September 2019, Facebook deleted 168 accounts, 149 pages, and 79 groups in its Ukrainian segment. Around 4.2 million FB accounts have been subscribed to at least one of the deleted pages. Among them were Znaj.ua, Politeka.net — media pages with the highest number of subscribers in the Ukrainian segment of Facebook. This is yet another proof that we are surrounded by fake news, bots, trolls, shady websites and groups on social networks aimed to manipulate us. Many of these have ties to the Kremlin.

How does one track bots and expose manipulations? What technical and intellectual resources are needed for this? You will receive the answers to these questions during the three-day-long training “Antibot: How to Expose Information Manipulation?” organised by Internews Ukraine.

We invite journalists from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as analysts who work with propaganda- and disinformation-related issues.

When: 27-29 September 2021; 4-6 October 2021. Both events will be identical — you can apply for the one which suits you better time-wise.

Where: Kyiv, Ukraine. The venue will be disclosed to selected participants via email.

The training will be focused on the methods of uncovering bots, fakes, and manipulation campaigns (in particular, of Kremlin origin) based on the experience of Ukrainian and international experts. Training sessions will take place in Russian language.

Trainers:

  • Tetyana Matychak, media expert and specialist in media literacy and anti-manipulation (Ukraine);
  • Svitlana Slipchenko, analyst at VoxCheck (Ukraine);
  • Victoria Romaniuk, deputy editor-in-chief of StopFake (Ukraine);
  • Roman Osadchuk, expert at DFRLab by Atlantic Council (Ukraine);
  • Aliona Romaniuk, chief editor at Behind the News (Ukraine);
  • Vitaliy Rybak, analyst at Internews-Ukraine;
  • Pavlo Belousov, expert on information security DSS380, Internews Ukraine (Ukraine).

The selection of participants is held on a competitive basis taking into account candidate’s motivation and previous experience with the topic of propaganda and disinformation.

Please complete the registration form by 21 September, 5:00 pm Kyiv time.

Participation in the training is free of charge. Participants will have their travel expenses reimbursed (from Georgia or Moldova to Kyiv and back, economy class). Accommodation in a hotel and meals will be provided by the organisers.

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and to participate in the training, selected participants must have a foreign certificate confirming receipt of a full course of vaccination from COVID-19 by vaccines included by the World Health Organization in the list of permitted for use in emergencies, COVID-19 insurance policy, which is valid for the entire period of stay in Ukraine, as well as a negative result of PCR or rapid testing for COVID-19, which were conducted no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border. For full information - https://covid19.gov.ua/en/border.

For more information please contact Hanna Diomochka, +38 099 067 73 75, email: hdiomochka@internews.ua

The event is being implemented within the framework of the project “Sharing Ukrainian experience in building resilience to hybrid warfare: Training Project on Information Security for Regional Journalists” funded by the NATO-Ukraine Platform on Countering Hybrid Warfare.

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