When Nina Jankowicz’s first book on online disinformation was profiled in The New Yorker last year, she expected attention but not an avalanche of abuse and harassment, predominantly from men, online.
All women in politics, journalism and academia now face untold levels of harassment and abuse in online spaces. Together with the world’s leading extremism researchers, Jankowicz wrote one of the definitive reports on this troubling phenomenon.
Drawing on rigorous research into the treatment of Kamala Harris – the first woman vice-president – and other political and public figures, Nina also uses her own experiences to provide a step-by-step plan for dealing with harassment, abuse, doxing and disinformation in online spaces.
The result is a must-read for researchers, journalists and all women with a profile in the online space.
“A persuasive new book on disinformation as a geopolitical strategy” –The New Yorker
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The United States and the Western world is finally beginning to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: what can the West do about it?
Central and Eastern European states, however, have been aware of the threat for years. How to Lose the Information War takes the reader on a journey through five Western governments’ responses to Russian information warfare tactics – all of which have failed. She journeys into the campaigns the Russian operatives run, and shows how we can better understand the motivations behind these attacks and how to beat them. Above all, this book shows what is at stake: the future of civil discourse and democracy, and the value of truth itself.