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Scientists in international affairs of Institute of Applied Mathematics and Basic Sciences of Lviv Polytechnic National University resist Putin’s informational aggression

The Department of International Information of Institute of Applied Mathematics and Basic Sciences held scientific and practical seminar: Since "elections." in September 16, 2014 by elections in December 7, 2014: Information and communication de- legitimisation mechanisms of annexation of the sovereign territory of Ukraine by Russian Federation.

It was attended by scientists of Lviv Polytechnic, Franko University, the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, Lviv Regional Institute of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, Lviv Academy of Commerce and the Army Academy named after Hetman Petro Sahaydachnyi, experts.

— We coincided this event with the international Information Security Day, as in today's globalized world people and their mind are under the constant information pressure - says the assistant professor of International Information Department Yuri Lun. - That is why we face new ethical and legal problems, including morality (immorality) in presentation the tendentious information, science and culture, its perception, consumption and manipulation of common consciousness. The potentialities of such common consciousness manipulation demonstrate the effect of zombiing of the whole Russian society, Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. Holding such scientific and practical workshops, we take chiefly the famous motto: "Who owns the information, owns the world."

— The idea of this scientific and practical workshop is due to several reasons, — mentioned the head of the of International Information Department of Institute of Applied Mathematics and Basic Sciences, associate professor Basil Hulai. — The first is our civic response to the challenges that society and every one of us is going through. The second is preparing political and legal solutions in the field of information security for our public authorities and facilitation in their implementation. The third is theoretical — the necessity for a new methodology of scientific research that would unite the achievements of modern historical, political, legal, economic and other sciences. The widest range of specialists in various fields was invited to the seminar for a discussion of these issues. An interesting exchange of views took place during the discussion and there was also a decision developed with recommendations, including those for public authorities, the scientific community, Internet users, particularly social networks. As a result, we tried to develop a common course of action concerning the threats of expansion of manipulative and propagandistic Russian influence.

— Vasil, do you attract students to this work?

— Students must participate in such projects, as we teach information analysts in international affairs. Important place in their training plays such course as "Information War", which professes the associate professor Irina Malik. In this academic year many students from Crimea and Eastern Ukraine study here. It is nice that among the speakers of the seminar was also a student from Crimea - our master student Yulia Liashenko, who offered her vision of coverage of Crimea annexation and some Donbas regions in Russian mass media.

— It is believed that we always lose Russia the information war.

— This question should be judged from the fact, what goal set the opposite side. Transferring the history of the XX century wars to our context, we can say that, in general, Putin's regime has not reached its objectives, especially in the information sector. We have not only become the dominant, total fear society, but due to the social and scientific activity we managed, if not to create a position balance, but at least to resist manipulation, which overwhelm the Internet and television space, reasonably. We have to continue to create actively our own information policy, because the current Russian political regime, which has its origins in the Stalinist totalitarianism and Russian great-power chauvinism, does not intend to deviate from its goal. Kremlin authorities understand that independent European Ukraine is a real threat to the existence of the absolute Putin’s power.

— What role does your department play in this information war?

— For over eight years, as graduating department we prepare professionals in information and analytical field, which, in particular, work in corresponding branches of public authorities, law enforcement agencies. This is our small contribution to countering to information-psychological aggression of Putin’s regime. Responding to the today’s challenges, the Department of International Information will continue to offer its Ukraine’s development strategy vision, particularly in the information and communication sector. Thus, our next scientific and practical workshop , which will take place in March, 2015, will concern the disclosure of conflict potential of the annexed by Russia Crimea and the captured by terrorist organizations "DNR" and "LNR" sovereign territory of Ukraine and the development and implementation of appropriate political and legal decisions.