Dr. Herasimenka researches political use of social media platforms for distribution of algorithmic propaganda, misinformation and alternative messages. He focuses on the interaction between internet technologies and political activism in non-democratic or authoritarian countries such as Belarus, Russia, and China. His PhD dissertation was on political activism in Belarus and Russia. The project looked at the use of social media for political change. He studied how political activists use digital technologies in their everyday practices for organising and information distribution, overcoming state surveillance, persecution and censorship. During the course of his research, he identified several pro-democracy practices that are potentially successful in the digital age.
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INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)
May 15th, 2019 | 19 mins 42 secs
Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the University of Westminster in London speaks on political information and disinformation on messaging platforms. Follow him on Twitter @alesherasimenka.