Ensuring Information Security in Ukraine

Discussion points for the public debate on INFOWAR AND INFORMATION SECURITY. PROPAGANDA AND NEW MEDIA held in the framework of the Kyiv Dialogue project in Kharkiv on May 19, 2015.

Nataliya Zubar, Chair of the Board, Maidan Monitoring Information Center; Project Coordinator, Ukrainian Peacebuilding School

The main factor enabling large-scale subversive information campaigns in Ukraine is

Fragmentation of Ukrainian communication space resulting from:

  • Low level of social capital within communities
  • Poor quality of media
  • Poor quality of ideas, products and concepts
  • Poor quality of communication channels, both electronic and physical

What could be done about it?

  • Increase  mobility of population by improving transport infrastructure
  • Promote establishing new activist media (example of the Gazeta Wyborcza) based on:
  • Strengthen both professionally and institutionally existing media that follow basic ethical principles
  • Create media networks that share joint intellectual tasks such as:
  • Popular Twitter accounts
  • Team blogs
  • University Media Centers
    • Credibility of information
    • Adherence to professional standards
    • Looking for socially resonant themes and optimal ways to cover them
  • Enhance social capital of patriotic intellectuals through:
    • Training on effective communications
    • Increasing visibility of their activity in media
    • Engaging them in addressing governance issues with local self-government bodies and administrations
    • Engaging them in designing local development strategies
  • Develop effective mechanisms of information exchange between citizens, law enforcement and military through:
    • Broad citizens’ participation in maintaining security within their local communities.
  • Create information security social networks to provide quick collecting of information on terrorist activity as well as introducing and promoting European standards of journalism and public security