Bubbles in Visegrad Societies

We are living in an era of fake news and disinformation, their impact is stronger than we believed in the past, and they have real impact on the future societies or electoral turnouts and it is only the beginning. The main strength of fake news is their ability to adapt to the perception of online users. They are feeding the basic stereotypes and prejudices of online users. At the same time, it is hard to fight over fake news, because they have the ability to live without coordination, and are able to hide in social bubbles and closed community groups influencing users behavior without the notice of the outside world. This phenomenon is not an exception in Visegrad countries, the need for cooperation of all V4 and building new initiatives in this matter are crucial for the future of our political systems and societies. Fake news and disinformation are becoming a powerful weapon for extremists, foreign forces and third parties that are willing to influence the development of regions, countries or international organisations. These negative messages are also changing the behavior of the individual in the societies, and they are becoming more and more polarized. Societies are turning back from the mainstream politics and media, and becoming less critical to the context that they are reading.

The main aim of the BIS project is to understand how social bubbles emerge in the online sphere, how they are able to influence users behavior and how they are able to grow. And also our attention will be focused on the difference between so-called filter bubbles, echo chambers that are starting to resonate in social impact research and fake news? Our intention is to focus on these modern online worlds, which are highly perplexed also within the professional community. The project team lead by BPI will focus on potential effects of these bubbles, and will open space for political dialogue on how to combat social manipulation, and how to use them positively to promote integration and inclusiveness in society.

Consortium: Bratislava Policy Institute, Civipolis o.p.s, Republikon Institute, Res Publica Foundation

Contact on coordinator: zuborova@bpi.sk

With support of: 

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

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