Amid the ongoing race to dominate the COVID-19 vaccine uptake, Russia and China have been actively promoting their respective vaccines abroad through state-funded outlets and diplomatic accounts. It has been found that there is an ongoing effort to put forward negative narratives about Western vaccines in an attempt to undermine trust, (Russia) and or positive image of the Chinese vaccines as well as its role as a benevolent leader combatting COVID-19 internationally. We will organise a round table-presentation of the results of Fake News Hunters work and DFR Lab Atlantic Council regarding the topic.
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Esteban Ponce de León, Research Assistant at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) , Colombia
Zarine Kharazian, Associate Editor with the Digital Forensic Research Lab,Washington DC
Givi Gigitashvili, open-source analyst and digital researcher, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Georgia
Erasmia Tsipou, DCN Board Member, Fake News Hunters, Greece
Ciprian Cucu, Disinformation expert with Forum Apulum, Fake News Hunters, Romania
Professor Christos Frangonikolopoulos, Jean Monnet Chair, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University, Greece
Dr. Nikos S. Panagiotou, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Head of DCN Global, Greece
This roundtable is organised as part of Fake News Hunters project funded from GEC.This event is co-organized by Digital Communication Network (South East Europe HUB) and World Learning and is part of DCNSEE’s Ideas in Action – Digital Engagement, a series of virtual events launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. DCN is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges. Digital Communication Network created in 2015, is a 7.000 member strong collaborative network that connects professionals from a variety of fields and different regions of the world, committed to have an impact in the new information space.