- February 17, 2024
- February 17, 2024
The panel discussion “From Likes to Lines of Defense: Why it Matters to Recognize the Role of Social Media Influencers for Security” is an official side event of the Munich Security Conference, hosted at Amerikahaus Munich.
The panel delves into the critical intersection of security, geopolitics, and the intricate web of domestic and foreign disinformation. Civil society and civilians have become crucial lines of defense against this threat. Among them, social media influencers and content creators wield significant influence across platforms like Instagram, YouTube, X (formerly Twitter), and TikTok. The role in shaping public opinion during conflicts must be considered. While some influencers and content creators actively combat disinformation, debunking false narratives and promoting critical thinking, others prioritize sensationalism for increased engagement. Recognizing the pivotal role of influencers and content creators is paramount for developing effective strategies against the deliberate spread of misinformation.
Through insightful discussions, the panel aims to unravel the challenges and opportunities presented by the intersection of security, geopolitics, and internal and external disinformation. By dissecting these complexities, the goal is to chart out strategies that can effectively address the impact of disinformation on public perception, decision-making processes, and overall security.
The panel will feature the following distinguished speakers: Lutz Güllner, Head of the Strategic Communication Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS); Katharina Schulze, Chairwoman of the Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group, Member of the Bavarian State Parliament; Clint Watts, General Manager, Microsoft Threat Analysis Center;Yuliia Tymoshenko, Marketing and Communications Manager at Saint Javelin, Editor in Chief at Ukrainer und Online Activist; Valeriia Voshchevska, Freelance Digital Communications Strategist, Online Activist, and Co-Founder of the Podcast Series @UkrainianSpaces, Former Global Head of Digital Engagement at Amnesty International.
If you’re interested in signing up for this event, simply go to this link: https://eveeno.com/308795841
This event is part of the Aspen Germany Project “Disinformation and the Role of Social Media Influencers in Times of Crises, Conflicts, and Wars,” generously funded by the Federal Foreign Office.