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THE TERMINOLOGICAL CONUNDRUM REGARDING INFORMATION WEAPONISATION
THE TERMINOLOGICAL CONUNDRUM REGARDING INFORMATION WEAPONISATION

Author(s): Daniela LICĂ
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Published by: Carol I National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: information weaponisation; information disorder; disinformation; fake news; misinformation; information warfare.
Summary/Abstract: The phenomenon of information weaponisation has become a pressing challenge of our times, having multiple and pervasive effects with security implications, negatively impacting democratic processes such as elections, and even everyday life within the society. The multitude of terms to express the use of information as a weapon and the information disorder have resulted in a terminological conundrum. Studying the literature, inconsistencies revealed regarding the definition and usage of key terms. This aspect may pose a problem for people studying the phenomenon, as well as for experts and decision makers, and last but not least the public opinion, since a common understanding and a consistent use of key notions are crucial with regard to acknowledging various types of information manipulation and being able to counter this scourge. The current paper has two main research objectives, namely to bring forward and illustrate the inconsistencies identified in the study of the literature regarding the definition and use of key concepts, as well as to provide some possible explanations for the challenges they pose. Thus, the study focuses on the systemic and punctual analysis of the literature, the theoretical and practical intersection related to terminology, and the terminological study problematisation.

  • Page Range: 189-202
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2024
  • Language: English