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Digital Resilience Against Disinformation (DOMINOES)
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Digital Resilience Against Disinformation (DOMINOES)

About this course

Disinformation and misinformation are a growing problem affecting citizens, institutions and the general functioning of society.

To combat this phenomenon, we need to develop a social resilience that prevents public discourse and debate from being distorted, the credibility of institutions from being undermined and the functioning of democratic processes from being disrupted. And this is the task of all of us.

The strategies and techniques used in disinformation processes are becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect. As citizens, we need to be able to recognise and assess misinformation spread in online environments in order to respond appropriately.

The DOMINOES MOOC will enable you to strengthen your digital resilience to disinformation and improve some of the key competences defined in the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens.

By the end of this online course, you will better understand what disinformation is in the current technological context, how it works, what its impact is and what measures can be taken to combat it.

To this end, DOMINOES provides you with numerous examples, case studies, lessons learned and best practices, simulations and a guide on what still needs to be done and what the biggest challenges are in the fight against disinformation.

We are looking for citizens, students and teachers of social and security sciences who are interested in learning more about the current information system and are engaged in the fight against disinformation.

We need you. Is the duty of each one of us.

The course is developed in collaboration between: “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (MVNIA) – Romania, Ciberimaginario Research Group of the University Rey Juan Carlos– Spain, L-Università ta’ Malta, and New Strategic Center – Romania.

The course is a result of the project DOMINOES, Digital cOMpetences INformatiOn EcoSystem and Strategic partnership project within ERASMUS+ Programme AGREEMENT NO. - 2021-1-RO01-KA220-HED-000031158

DOMINOES

What you are going to learn

  • Gain a comprehensive perspective on the information environment from a vantage point that focuses on the security of citizens and the state.
  • Recognise the new threats associated with the emergence of new technologies.
  • Improve the ability to recognise this phenomenon and avoid falling into the trap of spreading disinformation online.
  • Assess the impact of Fake News on society and democratic processes.
  • Understand the role of social media platforms in the fight against the spread of online disinformation.
  • Enhance the ability to combat disinformation by providing general guidance on planning, designing and implementing counter-narratives and positive narratives.
  • Understand, through simulated scenarios, that the fight against disinformation is a shared responsibility of all citizens and requires a series of decisions that can favour or contain its spread and its impact on our democratic systems.

Requirements

This course is particularly suitable for students and teachers of social and security sciences who are interested in the current information system

However, it can be followed by anyone with an interest in the subject.

Previous knowledge is not required. Your curiosity and interest in improving the information ecosystem are all you need. In any case, you can of course get more out of the course with prior knowledge of communication studies (disinformation, propaganda, media literacy and fake news).

Course staff

Faculty

Rubén Arcos, Ph.D.

Rubén Arcos, Ph.D. |      X

Associate professor [professor contratado doctor] at the School of Communication Sciences of URJC, and a researcher at the Cyberimaginario group. He serves as Vice Chair of the Intelligence Studies Section at the International Studies Association. Arcos is a member of the expert pool on information of Hybrid CoE and has been appointed national member in the NATO/STO research task group SAS-189 “Anticipatory Intelligence for Superior Decision Making”. He is co-principal researcher of the projects EU-HYBNET, DOMINOES, and INSET. He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Disinformation and National Security.

Manuel Gertrudix, Ph.D.

Manuel Gertrudix, Ph.D. |      X

Professor of Digital Communication at the Rey Juan Carlos University, coordinator of the Cyberimaginary research group, and co-editor of the scientific journal Icono14. Specialist in digital communication and elearning he has participated in seventeen competitive national and international research projects. He has an extensive scientific production with more than 100 publications among research articles, book chapters and monographs. Professor of Digital Communication at the Rey Juan Carlos University, coordinator of the Cyberimaginary research group, and co-editor of the scientific journal Icono14. Specialist in digital communication and elearning he has participated in seventeen competitive national and international research projects. He has an extensive scientific production with more than 100 publications among research articles, book chapters and monographs.

Cristina Ivan, Ph.D.

Cristina Ivan, Ph.D. |    X

Cristina Ivan is Director of the National Institute for Intelligence Studies, “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy in Romania and a researcher in security and intelligence studies. She holds a PhD in cultural studies. She also has worked as an intelligence analyst. Over the past 15 years she has specialized in the cultural study of violence, radicalization and terrorism, propaganda and disinformation, critical intelligence studies etc. She has taken an active part in European funded projects such as: EU-HYBNET, DOMINOES, CARSIMAND, ARMOUR

Irena Chiru, Ph.D.

Irena Chiru, Ph.D. | 

Professor of intelligence studies at “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy Romania and the chair of the International Association for Intelligence Education – European Chapter. In the last 20 years, she has taught more than 200 scientific seminars and colloquia and given more than 30 educational talks on strategic communication and its impact on intelligence organizations. She has also coordinated research teams involved in research projects dedicated to security and intelligence (CITY COP – H2020, CARISMAND – H2020, ESSENTIAL – EJD, CRESCEnt – ERASMUS+, ARMOUR – DIGI Home.).

Aitana Radu, Ph.D.

Aitana Radu, Ph.D. | 

Lecturer at the University of Malta and the Security Research Coordinator within the Department of Information Policy & Governance. Her research focuses on different aspects of security science, such as open source intelligence and intelligence oversight. She has also worked in over 15 EU-funded projects, focusing mostly on radicalisation, intelligence analysis, judicial procedures and law enforcement practices.

Ruxandra Buluc, Ph.D.

Ruxandra Buluc, Ph.D. |  X 

Senior researcher at the National Institute for Intelligence Studies in “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy. Her main research interests are strategic communication, disinformation, conspiracy theories and security culture. She works in European-funded projects which are aimed at building security culture and resilience to disinformation and radicalization.

Kanchi Ganatra, Ph.D.

Kanchi Ganatra, Ph.D. | 

Political anthropologist specializing in the field of migration within the EU. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Mumbai and a Master's degree in Anthropology from Tallinn University, Estonia. Kanchi is presently based at University of Malta, where she works as a Research Support Officer. In her current role, she works primarily on EU-funded research projects addressing a wide range of critical topics; including migration, disinformation, radicalization, prevention of sexual violence, and human trafficking, among others.

Valentin Stoian Iordache, Ph.D.

Valentin Stoian Iordache, Ph.D. |  X 

Valentin Stoian is a researcher with the "Mihai Viteazul" National Intelligence Academy. He holds an MA and PhD in political science from the Central European University. His research interests comprise intelligence theory, political institutions, democratic oversight of intelligence institutions and the ethics of intelligence action.

Alexandra Anghel (Mrs)

Alexandra Anghel (Mrs) |  X

Young researcher at the ”Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy since 2015. She holds a B.A. in Security Studies and Intelligence from the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy and a M.A. in Integrated Intelligence Analysis from the the “Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, Bucharest. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology, at the Doctoral School of Sociology, University of Bucharest with a thesis on recruiting processes used by military institutions to attract young generations. She has published on Intelligence and Security Studies and has been involved in several European funded project such as CARISMAND, ESSENTIAL, CITYCoP, THESEUS, ARMOuR etc.

Ana Cuca (Ms)

Ana Cuca (Ms) | 

Ana Ćuća is a Research Support Officer at the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta. Specialised in protection of refugees and criminalisation of humanitarian assistance, she is currently working on topics such as migration, security and disinformation. She holds a Master's degree in Human Rights with Clinical Specialisation from the Central European University and a Political Science degree from the University of Zagreb.

Roberta Raducu (Ms)

Roberta Raducu (Ms) | 

Roberta Răducu, Ph. D., is assistant professor at SNSPA and communication expert with New Strategy Center. Her research interests cover topics like generational communication on media devices, generational experiences with media devices, disinformation and propaganda narratives in the Balkans area, crisis communication and social image formation.

Cristina Arribas, Ph.D.

Cristina Arribas, Ph.D. | 

Researcher at Ciberimaginario Research Group within University Rey Juan Carlos, (Spain) and candidate PhD. She holds a Bachelor in History and a Bachelor Degree in East Asia Studies. She also obtained a Master Diploma in Intelligence Analyst. She has worked for several multinationals in the sector of telecommunications and cibersecurity as consultant analyst.

MOOC Coordination

Manuel Gertrudix, Ph.D.

Manuel Gertrudix, Ph.D. |      X

Professor of Digital Communication at the Rey Juan Carlos University, coordinator of the Cyberimaginary research group, and co-editor of the scientific journal Icono14. Specialist in digital communication and elearning he has participated in seventeen competitive national and international research projects. He has an extensive scientific production with more than 100 publications among research articles, book chapters and monographs. Professor of Digital Communication at the Rey Juan Carlos University, coordinator of the Cyberimaginary research group, and co-editor of the scientific journal Icono14. Specialist in digital communication and elearning he has participated in seventeen competitive national and international research projects. He has an extensive scientific production with more than 100 publications among research articles, book chapters and monographs.

Rubén Arcos, Ph.D.

Rubén Arcos, Ph.D. |      X

Associate professor [professor contratado doctor] at the School of Communication Sciences of URJC, and a researcher at the Cyberimaginario group. He serves as Vice Chair of the Intelligence Studies Section at the International Studies Association. Arcos is a member of the expert pool on information of Hybrid CoE and has been appointed national member in the NATO/STO research task group SAS-189 “Anticipatory Intelligence for Superior Decision Making”. He is co-principal researcher of the projects EU-HYBNET, DOMINOES, and INSET. He is co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Disinformation and National Security.

Workgroup

Mario Rajas Fernández

Mario Rajas Fernández |      X

Professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the Rey Juan Carlos University, co-director of the Ciberimaginario research group and Director of the Cátedra of Spanish Cinema Flix Olé. He has been coordinator of the Audiovisual Production Unit of the URJC and editor of Icono14 Editorial.

Alejandro Carbonel Alcocer, Ph.D.

Alejandro Carbonel Alcocer, Ph.D. |    X 

Dr. Carbonell-Alcocer is a postdoctoral researcher at Ciberimaginario Research Group hired at Rey Juan Carlos University. Master's Degree in Secondary School Training in Audiovisual Communication and Multimedia specialty at Rey Juan Carlos University.

Juan Romero Luis, Ph.D.

Juan Romero Luis, Ph.D. |    X 

Holds a PhD in communication sciences from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Master in UX: Usability, Interaction Design and User Experience at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) (Barcelona School of Management). Member of Ciberimaginario Research Group, in the Science of Communication department.

Alberto Sánchez Acedo

Alberto Sánchez Acedo |  X 

Pre-doctoral researcher with a grant from the Community of Madrid to develop an industrial PhD at Prodigioso Volcán S.L. Currently, he is developing his research on the creation of journalistic models with extended reality. Member of Ciberimaginario Research Group at Rey Juan Carlos University.

Nerea Benítez Aranda

Nerea Benítez Aranda | 

Research assistant in Ciberimaginario Research Group at Rey Juan Carlos University. She has worked in the technical department of the URJC through the collaborative grant «Laboratories and Studio TV». Graduated in Audiovisual Communication at Rey Juan Carlos University and Technician in Higher Level Training Cycle in Audiovisual Projects and Entertainment Production.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is particularly suitable for students and teachers of social and security sciences who are interested in the current information system.

However, it can be followed by anyone with an interest in the subject.

Previous knowledge is not required. Your curiosity and interest in improving the information ecosystem is all you need. In any case, you can of course get more out of the course with prior knowledge of communication studies (disinformation, propaganda, media literacy and fake news).

What good can it do me?

The strategies and techniques used in disinformation processes are becoming increasingly sophisticated and difficult to detect. As citizens, we need to be able to recognise and assess misinformation spread in online environments in order to respond appropriately.

The DOMINOES MOOC will enable you to strengthen your digital resilience to disinformation and improve some of the key competences defined in the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens.

How can I register?

You will have to complete the registration form to register in URJCx.

When does the MOOC start and end?

To make it as easy as possible for you to complete the MOOC, DOMINOES is available for you to start and finish at your own pace.

While there is a scheduled start date, which you can see on the course info page, you can start and finish the course when it suits you best. It's your learning and you can go at your own pace.

What certification do I get if I complete it?

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for all the information on the certifications offered at URJCx so that once you have passed the course, you can choose the one that best suits your CV.

How do I communicate and interact with course facilitators, curators or participants?

All communication of the course is done through the channels (spaces and networks) of the MOOC itself, where all activity is focused on the course participants. This type of course includes NOT e-mail communication with the teachers.

Do I need to install anything specific on my computer?

No, to participate in this MOOC you only need a device with an internet connection to access the content on our platform. Although the course is hands-on, there are no exercises using a specific tool and no programming is required.

Do I have to connect to the platform at specific times to follow the course?

No, you do the MOOC at your own pace, at times that suit you, and connect when, how and where you want. The course content is available to you at any time on the URJCx platform. We recommend that you spend about four hours a week on it, but it is up to you whether you want to spend more or less time studying the materials available.

How do I pass the course?

At the end of each unit, you will be assessed with a test on the basic concepts learned. In addition, activities are suggested to share the knowledge with the DOMINOES learning community, but these activities are not compulsory and are not part of the requirements to complete the course

How can I resolve a technical issue with the platform?

If you have any technical problem with URJCx you can contact the URJC support team online through the contact form.

RAC credit validation

If you are an undergraduate student at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, in order to obtain RAC credits, you must register with your University user at the MOOC (@alumnos.urjc.es). Those students who have passed the course with a user other than that of the URJC (@alumnos.urjc.es) will not be recognized for these credits.

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  1. Course Number

    URJCx116
  2. Classes Start

    Registration closed
  3. Classes End

  4. Estimated Effort

    5 horas / week
  5. Duration

    5 weeks
  6. Planning

    At your pace
  7. Price

    Free
    Optional certificate for 25€

Itinerario del curso

0. Welcome

Welcome: about, objectives and couse staff

Schedule/Program

Methodology

Forums rules

Certifications

Course Guide (PDF)

1. The information environment from a security perspective: trends, threats, vulnerabilities, and future challenges

Learning guide

Conflict and its manifestation in the information environment: hybrid warfare/treats, cognitive and information warfare

Legitimate and illegitimate use of information and persuasion in the information environment: disinformation, foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI), cyber information operations

Case studies of hostile narratives and conspiracy theories by authoritarian state and non-state actors

Evaluation

2. Understanding the current challenge of disinformation and information manipulation: macroenvironmental and individual aggravating factors

Learning guide

Facts, judgment, detached information reporting and opinion expression in the digital era: the exploitation of errors of judgement and the vulnerability of groups.

Political and social factors: polarization and decline in trust in expertise and authority.

Technological developments and their impact on opinion formation: social media, artificial intelligences, synthetic content, and the future of hostile influence.

Evaluation

3. Mitigating the threat and building resilience to disinformation

Learning guide

Transnational and regulatory responses to disinformation/FIMI and resilience building

Critical thinking, media and digital literacies

Fact-checking, argument-checking, debunking and pre-bunking

Evaluation

4. Advanced analytic and responding toolkit

Learning guide

Strategic, anticipatory, and current analysis of disinformation and information-led hostile influencing

Tech-driven solutions and emerging technologies to counter disinformation

Planning, design, and implementation of counter-narratives and positive content

Evaluation

5. Simulation exercises, serious and wargaming to combat disinformation

Learning guide

Debunk simulation

Deepfakes against deepfakes: producing synthetic content exercise

Pathway to victory: disinformation game

Evaluation

6. Closing

Farewell

Certification Info

Additional information

Satisfaction survey