Political and legal aspects of the information warfare

Keywords: Information war, misinformation, political and legal aspects, mental aggression, media development, mass media, social networks.


This article describes the technological features of information warfare and possible lawful mechanisms to counter information attacks. The aim of the article is to analyse the political and legal features of information warfare. The tactics of the aggressor state’s behaviour in a hybrid war was substantiated using the case of the information war between Russia and Ukraine. The channels of information dissemination, which are most often used for disintegration and disinformation purposes, were studied. Problematic issues of the domestic public space that most often appear in the perspective of disinformation attacks on the Internet are determined: the activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, reforms in Ukrainian society, temporarily occupied territories and annexed Crimea, corruption in Ukraine. The tactics of confrontation between countries in the information space was analysed — attempts to establish their “security belt” from other actors in international relations and to maintain their own dominant influence in certain regions by spreading misinformation. Promising areas of further research will be the analysis of the peculiarities of the national legal systems’ development in order to counter misinformation in the context of the continuous development of democracy in the world.


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Author Biographies

Oleg S. Sheremet, Taras Shevchenko National University "Chernihiv Collegium", Ukraine.

Doctor of Law, Associate Professor of the Department of Law, Philosophy and Political Science of O.M. Lazarevskyi Institute of History and Socio-humanitarian Disciplines of Taras Shevchenko National University "Chernihiv Collegium", Ukraine.

Oleksii M. Voluiko, National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine, Ukraine.

PhD in Juridical Sciences, Head of the Department of Legal Support of Military-combat Activity of the Kyiv Faculty of the National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine, Ukraine.

Victoriia V. Posmitna, National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine, Ukraine.

PhD in Philological Science, Associate Professor of the Department of Legal Support of Military-combat Activity of the Kyiv Faculty of the National Academy of the National Guard of Ukraine, Ukraine.

Tetiana Poda, National Aviation University, Ukraine.

PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Linguistics and Social Communications, National Aviation University, Ukraine.

Yuriy M. Bidzilya, Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine.

Doctor of Social Communications, Professor, Head of the Department of Journalism, Faculty of Philology, Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine.


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How to Cite
Sheremet, O. S., Voluiko, O. M., Posmitna, V. V., Poda, T., & Bidzilya, Y. M. (2021). Political and legal aspects of the information warfare. Amazonia Investiga, 10(45), 31-41. https://doi.org/10.34069/AI/2021.45.09.3