State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine: citizen curators of digital disinformation

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State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine : citizen curators of digital disinformation. / Golovchenko, Yevgeniy; Hartmann, Mareike; Adler-Nissen, Rebecca.

I: International Affairs, Bind 95, Nr. 5, 2018, s. 975-994.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningfagfællebedømt

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Golovchenko, Y, Hartmann, M & Adler-Nissen, R 2018, 'State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine: citizen curators of digital disinformation', International Affairs, bind 95, nr. 5, s. 975-994. https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiy148

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Golovchenko, Y., Hartmann, M., & Adler-Nissen, R. (2018). State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine: citizen curators of digital disinformation. International Affairs, 95(5), 975-994. https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiy148

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Golovchenko Y, Hartmann M, Adler-Nissen R. State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine: citizen curators of digital disinformation. International Affairs. 2018;95(5):975-994. https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiy148

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Golovchenko, Yevgeniy ; Hartmann, Mareike ; Adler-Nissen, Rebecca. / State, media and civil society in the information warfare over Ukraine : citizen curators of digital disinformation. I: International Affairs. 2018 ; Bind 95, Nr. 5. s. 975-994.

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