Tag Archives: Communication

31Gen/23

Holocaust Remembrance Day attack in Jerusalem: Comments from a European security perspective – by Maria Alvanou

The phrase “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” has been used in the discussion for decades now regarding whether violence conducted by Palestinians against Israelis constitutes terrorism or not. Different geopolitical interests, ideological approaches, historical accounts, and even personal affiliations, in conjunction with the complexity of the Middle Eastern issue and the grievances people have been facing in this area, have led to different characterizations. Some have called them terrorism, others insurgency or resistance. And indeed, from an operational point of view, when attacks have been aiming at military targets, things can be blurred. However, there have been some true textbook cases of terrorism. Such a case has been the one of January 27th, 2023, that has led UN Spokesperson, António Guterres to state: “There is never any excuse for acts of terrorism.  They must be clearly condemned and rejected by all.”[1]  

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31Gen/23

Beyond Remembrance. Traces of anti-Semitism in the current communication spaces – by Giacomo Buoncompagni

The examples of genocide or individual cases of hate crimes are rather recent episodes and mainly concern the re-emergence of attitudes of racism and xenophobia. Among the phenomena of hostility and aggression towards ‘others’, anti-Semitism is a particular phenomenon that has been growing in recent years throughout Europe. It is in fact an ancient hatred, the ‘longest’ in the history of mankind, expressed towards Jews as such (or as Jean-Paul Sartre already observed, often even in the absence of Jews), but which today takes on new faces and characters depending on the social, cultural, and political context in which we live. Especially in the period around 27 January each year, Remembrance Day, there are punctual acts of anti-Semitism, even in Italy.

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30Ago/22

Social bots and synthetic interactions to stage digital extremist armies (part 3) – by Daniele M. Barone

According to a report by GNET, while Daesh (and jihadist groups in general) relied heavily on bot technology, racially and ethnically motivated violent extremist networks have so far refrained from widespread bot usage, mostly because of their different objectives and the more permissive online environment in which they operate.[i]  Nevertheless, far-right or conspiracy groups’ use of social bots can still highlight further communication branches in which AI can be exploited. Continue reading

18Ago/22

“Scrivere da morire”. Scrittura, libertà e   violenza culturale – by Giacomo Buoncompagni

Per il sociologo Walter Ong la scrittura è uno dei media più potenti in grado di influenzare la storia delle civiltà, le relazioni e i conflitti tra gli esseri umani. È stata l’introduzione della scrittura a trasformare lo stile cognitivo e la coscienza degli uomini, producendo nuovi modelli di pensiero che hanno reso possibile l’enorme sviluppo della/e cultura/e. Continue reading

06Feb/22

Guerra e forme dell’informazione: una riflessione a partire dalla crisi ucraina – by Giacomo Buoncompagni

Da poche ore il portavoce del dipartimento della Difesa americano, John Kirby, ha reso pubbliche alcune informazioni fornite dall’intelligence statunitense che sostengono il probabile utilizzo di un falso video, da parte della Russia come pretesto per giustificare l’invasione dell’Ucraina. Continue reading

17Gen/22

Governare la paura tra rischio, sicurezza e libertà civili. –  by Giacomo Buoncompagni

La paura è una componente ineliminabile della vita dell’uomo e di una nazione. Entrambe sono inclini a seguirla. Ma nelle società democratiche i governi non seguono l’emotività dei gruppi, né ritengono che una generica idea di precauzione possa offrire indicazioni utili sul da farsi. Continue reading