The round table and seminar-training “Rumors as an Additional Source of Conflicts”

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In November 25−26, 2015 in Chernivtsi, the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School together with NGO “Quadrivium” and NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation” with the financial support of the British Embassy in Ukraine organized the round table and seminar-training entitled “Rumors as An Additional Source of Conflicts”.

In November 25−26, 2015 in Chernivtsi, the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School together with NGO “Quadrivium” and NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation” with the financial support of the British Embassy in Ukraine organized the round table and seminar-training entitled “Rumors as An Additional Source of Conflicts”.
The events were dedicated to the problems of the informational security, technologies of the information influence and peculiarities of their using in mass media.
Dr. Hanna Shelest, curator of the Ukrainian Peacebuilding School and head of the Board of the NGO “Promotion of Intercultural Cooperation”, emphasized the necessity to increase a critical perception of the information by the active citizens in Chernivtsi region for minimization of spreading the rumours as a factor of information impact on conflict development and contradictions in the society.
Dr. Nadiia Bureiko, expert of the NGO “Quadrivium”, noticed that rumours as an additional source of conflicts in the society attract attention especially in terms of information war, information deficit and already existing conflicts. In order to define the effect from spreading the rumours it is necessary to find their source.

Dr. Alla Borysiuk, head of the Department of Psychology and Social Science at BSMU, professor, distinguished the main reasons of spreading the rumours – their emotional core, people’s curiosity, lack of information.
Participants of the round table – students, researchers, scientists, representatives of NGOs, experts – were discussing the problems related to the main rumours and myths spread in Ukraine and particularly in Chernivtsi including the ones concerning Euromaidan, ATO and potentially conflict situations in the region.
During the seminar-training experienced coaches headed panels on prevention of the information deficit, ways of verifying the facts in terms of information war, psychology of rumours and panic, methods of reducing the risks of spreading negative rumours and disinformation.


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