- April 12, 2022
On April 12, 2022, 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Aspen Institute Germany, in collaboration with the Hertie School’s Centre for Digital Governance, hosted an online discussion on the role of platforms and news media in Russia and Ukraine.
Since Russia’s attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the war has increasingly been fought online. The parties of the conflict spread leaked drone surveillance and battlefield videos via social media platforms such as Twitter or TikTok to quickly disseminate information online. Along with this development, serious problems arise. Unlike traditional media, which draws on a variety of trusted sources, information on social media that comes directly from the parties of the conflict can be heavily biased and distorted. This new dynamic raises several unprecedented questions that we will discuss with our participants.
We were delighted to welcome Vivian Schiller, Executive Director of Aspen Digital at the Aspen Institute U.S., and Prof. Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School, as distinguished speakers. The event was moderated by Dr. Stormy-Annika Mildner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Germany.