"How to Lose the Information War" with Nina Jankowicz (Wilson Center)

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In this episode, Matt and Tom talked to Nina Jankowicz of the Wilson Center about her new book, How to Lose the Information War, and how it serves as a useful primer for understanding the disinformation challenges facing the US today, particularly in the aftermath of the 2020 election. To read some of Nina's work, click the links below and do be sure to follow her on Twitter @wiczipedia . Thank you for listening!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jessedamiani/2020/07/23/to-win-the-information-war-we-first-have-to-understand-what-it-is-and-how-were-losing-it-book-review/?sh=474cb0da762f
https://cepa.org/democratic-offense-against-disinformation/
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/05/estonia-america-congress-online-pandemic/612034/

ABOUT THE GUEST

Nina Jankowicz is a Washington DC-based writer and analyst who studies the intersection of technology and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond. Her first book How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict will be published by Bloomsbury’s IBTauris in Summer 2020. She currently serves as Disinformation Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Previously, she served as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, a role in which she provided strategic communications guidance to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. She has also managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a frequent target of Russian disinformation. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, Foreign Policy and others.

Nina received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she was a Title VIII and FLAS scholarship recipient, and her BA in Russian and Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine, and speaks fluent Russian and proficient Polish and Ukrainian. Nina was a 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow. You can check out her website https://wiczipedia.com/ for much more on her publications, research, and media appearances.

NOTE: This episode was recorded on December 4th, 2020 via Zoom.

CREDITS
Host/Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
Host/Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
Assistant Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel

Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper, )

Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this episode do not necessarily reflect those of the show or the University of Texas at Austin.

Special Guest: Nina Jankowicz.

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