Corruption erodes democracy worldwide and produces a vicious circle, where it undermines democratic institutions and, in turn, weak institutions are less able to control corruption. Digital Communication Network Global — a coalition of digital influencers in the new information space — will address this important topic in the context of the rise of new communication technologies and their role on both sides of the equation.

Technology facilitates the increased risk of embezzlement, bribery, fraud and has allowed forms of corruption-driven crime to flourish even more than before. Conversely, there is a growing consensus on the role technology can play in…


Author: Natalie Gryvnyak, Journalist, producer of multimedia projects, communication and media expert, InFeatures Story Production founder

With the upcoming elections happening in Hungary in the Spring of 2022, the country is being torn by the ruling party and the opposition that have dimensionally different views on information policy and key development strategies for the country. The Orbán-government is favoring the Russian agenda, partly by the construction of a nuclear power station backed by RosAtom, (National Russian Nuclear Organization), while the opposition is trying to distance itself from the Russian sphere of interest. In addition, opposition leaders are trying to improve…


Corruption erodes democracy worldwide and produces a vicious circle, where it undermines democratic institutions and, in turn, weak institutions are less able to control corruption. Digital Communication Network Global — a coalition of digital influencers in the new information space — will address this important topic in the context of the rise of new communication technologies and their role on both sides of the equation. Technology facilitates the increased risk of embezzlement, bribery, fraud and has allowed forms of corruption-driven crime to flourish even more than before.

Conversely, there is a growing consensus on the role technology can play in…


The spread of online misinformation poses serious challenges to societies worldwide. There are multiple ways to fight against the spread of fake news and disinformation and serious video games are one of the developing and fascinating tools to raise awareness of the harm of disinformation and combat the malign influence online. The Digital Communication Network is designing another thematic series of events titled “Serious Games Against Disinformation” to highlight the importance of the game industry focusing on social issues. …


The Digital Communication Network is designing another thematic series of events titled “Serious Games Against Disinformation” to highlight the importance of the game industry focusing on social issues. Through our partners and experts from all over the globe, we will be discussing different approaches towards the games in various geographies, as well as looking at case studies of certain games which promote digital and media literacy.

In this virtual discussion we discuss about Armenian and Georgian games.

Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi

Industries with a great focus on games with social impact have recently been more heavily developed in…


The inoculation theory asserts that when the mind is exposed to weakened doses of disinformation, it is later able to recognize it and therefore handle it better. He effectiveness of this has been proven in multiple studies. Bad News Company has taken this theory and developed several serious games, in which the player learns to recognize online manipulation tactics and have fun while doing so. The multiplayer game Under Pressure is specifically developed to be used in classrooms. The game was a result of the PEGAP.

Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi
Games can be part an essential part of…


Troll farms, deep fakes, bots, dark ads — these are some of the widely used tools that are threatening democracies worldwide by distributing fake or misleading information at a high rate.

Living in the post-truth era for some time now, it became clear that one cannot successfully debunk fake and misleading information by just stating facts, one needs to engage, entertain, and educate their audience.

While the West has been suffering from fake news and misinformation, one can imagine what misinformation can do to smaller, more fragile democracies, like Georgia.

Fortunately, Georgia has a strong civil society sector and lately…


The Digital Communication Network is hosting in June another thematic series of virtual events titled “Serious Games Against Disinformation” to highlight the importance of the game industry, focusing on social issues. Through our partners and experts from all over the globe, we will be discussing different approaches to gaming for social good, in various geographies, as well as looking at case studies of certain games which promote digital and media literacy.

In this virtual discussion, we invited the executive director of Global Game Jam and members of her network for a radiography of the industry, all over the world and…


A work in progress project of a serious game on journalism and disinformation based on a blockchain platform is presented and discussed. The title of the project is “UNtrust Us”, and it is an alternate reality roleplaying game (ARG) on the Ardor and Twitter platforms. The additional Belarusian ‘extension pack’ invites the participants to distinguish ‘fake’ from ‘true news’ about Belarus. The presenters are inviting feedback from the audience to bring the game into life.

Key points by Ioanna Georgia Eskiadi

“Untrust Us” is a new, innovative project aiming to combat and address online disinformation, to educate and stimulate the…


This interactive session focuses on discussing strategies for mitigating cyber harms in the context of human rights and human security. This discussion will explore how human rights concerns that arise from cyber incidents, or are otherwise technologically enabled, can be addressed. Emphasising the need to protect people’s rights and interests, these efforts offer support to governments and the wider risk management community in responding to the complex threats that originate from constantly evolving technology-driven interconnections. …

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