Talk: Twitter as an Asymmetrical Battlefield in the Venezuelan Conflict
November 5, 2019
11:30 am-1:00 pm
Integrative Learning Center
Room: Hub 301
UMass Amherst Campus
Government-sponsored disinformation campaigns and automated online propaganda have polluted public deliberation and Venezuelan politics for a decade making information disorders a common currency of the Venezuelan communication environment. Since 2009, Venezuela’s government pioneered the use of bots toharass political opponents and artificially create opinion trends on Twitter. The Venezuelan case offers a rareopportunity to systematically analyze information disorders promoted by a government in its evolution from illiberal democracy to authoritarian rule.
This talk documents and discusses various information disorders strategies employed by the government between 2017-2019 vis-a-vis opposition campaigns on social media, mapping the asymmetrical information war played by government, political parties, international agents and organized civil society groups around crucial moments of the ongoing Venezuelan conflict. Particular attention is paid to the increasing involvement of foreign actors from Turkey, Spain, and Russia and their uses of social media to spread propaganda as thegeopolitical implications of the Venezuelan crisis escalate.
The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.