The coronavirus pandemic, which spread a lot of misinformation, half-truths and conspiracy theories in retrospect, has been an important period in raising people’s awareness of information manipulations.
Last year’s holiday month of December was rather modest in the writing of propaganda and information manipulation. The emphasis was on data and the writing of their misuse.
On December 17, Uku Arold, Deputy Head of the Strategic Communication Department of the Defence Forces General Staff Head Quarters, wrote about the information war and the practices of different countries in Postimees. Propastop, with permission from the author and Postimees, publishes the full article.
In reading the Estonian media, we can say with conviction that September was the month of stories written about China.
We have to accept and get used to a manipulated virtual world as a new normality. Here is Priit Talve’s full article, which appeared in the Delfi Klikimagnet (Click Magnet) section in September.
In July, problems related to Faceap and Baltnews received the most attention in the Estonian media.
In the past month, Social Media was once again at the center of stories about influencing.
In April, the main keywords were about propaganda, information warfare, influencing activities, the Security Police Board’s (KAPO) yearbook, President Kaljulaid’s visit to Russia, influencing the elections and the growing interest in monitoring activities.
An article in January discussing influence activities gave a lot of colour due to the approaching elections.