Cyber Elves Helping Their Comrades in Ukraine

The crisis before a war is when a functioning international network of thousands of disinformation fighting volunteers comes in handy

28 February 2022

The main help the Baltic elves are currently providing to the Ukrainians is amplifying true information from the conflict.

The cyber elves from all over Europe are supporting their comrades in Ukraine by fighting the Russian narrative. The cyber elves are groups of anonymous cyber activists established in 2014 to fight against pro-Kremlin trolls and Russian disinformation and cyber operations. Over time, the movement expanded to 13 European countries, developing a functional international network of volunteers, which has proven to be especially paramount during times of crisis — such as the war in Ukraine.

In the Czech Republic, the cyber elves are monitoring the main narratives surrounding the conflict in Ukraine in the central European information space. By speedily debunking these narratives and alerting the Czech public, they are preventing disinformation from taking root and becoming part of the mainstream discourse. Their Baltic colleagues are taking the wind from the sails of the Russian disinformation campaigns by receiving information from trusted sources in the front line of the conflict and speedily announcing the true course of the events through their social media and local press.  

Support From the Czech Elves

Without the help of the Czech elves, there would be very little known about the most potent narratives that the Kremlin is employing to undermine the support of Ukraine in central Europe. To prevent that, the Czech elves published a special report succinctly identifying and describing these narratives to inform and alert both the political, academic, media elites and the broader public. 

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Adéla Klečková

Adéla Klečková is a security analyst with a focus on hybrid warfare. Currently, she is researching new forms of civic activism in the virtual space as a non-resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund and pursuing her MA degree at the War Studies Department at the King's College London.

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