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Chatham House » Podcast » War in Ukraine: Disinformation and the cyber war

Why is controlling information so important?

If you are interested to know how misinformation, disinformation, and cyber war is conducted, and why it’s so vital for authoritarian regimes, this podcast may be useful to you.

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, is a London-based independent policy institute and forum for debate and dialogue.

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How does Russia use disinformation and who are they targeting? How are social networks shaping the war in Ukraine? What can be done to stop the spread of disinformation?

Host Ned Sedgwick and guests Emily TaylorKeir GilesDamian Collins MP help us understand.

While listening to this podcast, I often found similarities with the tactics and techniques used by other authoritarian regimes and, to some extent, right-wing political parties around the world (ie banning books, reducing funding for education, reducing or controlling access to the Internet, …)

Now that the women’s team is more successful and popular, the U.S. men’s and women’s football, err… soccer teams will be paid equally under a new deal.

NPR »

Becky Sauerbrunn, a player on the women’s team and president of the United States Women’s National Team Players Association, said achieving equal pay was the result of gains players had made both on and off the field.

“We hope that this Agreement and its historic achievements in not only providing for equal pay but also in improving the training and playing environment for national team players will similarly serve as the foundation for continued growth of women’s soccer both in the United States and abroad,” Sauerbrunn said.

 

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Stay Curious » Intellectual humility is an essential characteristic of effective and impactful leadership

Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D, Forbes »

Among the many leadership competencies and capabilities needed in an increasingly complex and interconnected global economy, we need leaders who are endlessly curious and insatiable when it comes to their ongoing learning; and that learning only happens when we relentlessly ask questions. Additionally, in a recent HBR article, the author states: “Questioning is a uniquely powerful tool for unlocking value in organizations: It spurs learning and the exchange of ideas, it fuels innovation and performance improvement, it builds rapport and trust among team members. And it can mitigate business risk by uncovering unforeseen pitfalls and hazards.”

Unlocking the potential of our people and the value in the organization is the core role and purpose of a leader, and as we ask questions, we can uncover challenges, increase our capacity for innovation and growth and ultimately produce better solutions and provide more value to the market. As we become more comfortable with challenging the facade of certainty, leaning into the nuance and messiness inherent to leading and managing people and asking questions, our organization will be better equipped to thrive in these complex and ever-shifting times.

Curiosity leads to continual growth and learning, which drives positive personal, team and organizational outcomes. Below are four ways we can model and promote the importance of life-long learning in our teams.

Nonspeaking valedictorian with autism gives moving commencement speech » “God gave you a voice. Use it.”

Elizabeth Bonker »

Personally, I have struggled my whole life with not being heard or accepted. A story on the front page of our local newspaper reported how the principal at my high school told a staff member, ‘The retard can’t be valedictorian.’ Yet today, here I stand. Each day, I choose to celebrate small victories, and today, I am celebrating a big victory with all of you.

More at NPR / ABC / CNN

How society loses touch with reality and is lead to tyranny

In this video After Skool and Academy of Ideas explore the most dangerous of all psychic epidemics, the mass psychosis.

A mass psychosis is an epidemic of madness and it occurs when a large portion of a society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions. Such a phenomenon is not a thing of fiction. Two examples of mass psychoses are the American and European witch hunts 16th and 17th centuries and the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century.

What is it? How does is start? Are we experiencing one right now?

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

» Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

Video below ⤵️

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