1st Edition

Memetic War Online Resistance in Ukraine

By Tine Munk Copyright 2024
    200 Pages 95 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Memetic War analyses memetic warfare included in cyber war and aims to develop a framework for understanding the parameters included in utilising this concept in Ukraine as a part of civic resistance.

    In the Ukrainian war, an informal defence tactic has developed to uphold the information flow about the war and to debunk Russia’s communications. The war has enhanced the visibility of governmental and civic activation by using the advantages of social media architecture, networks, and communication forms. The book investigates Ukraine’s public and private abilities to develop cyber capabilities to counter propaganda and dis-and-misinformation online as a defence mechanism. This book uses military ROC doctrine to understand government authorities, the armed forces, and civic engagement in the Ukrainian resistance.

    Memetic War
    will have relevance for scholars, researchers, and academics in the cybersecurity field, practitioners, governmental actors, and military and strategic personnel.

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Tensions and False Justifications: Escalation of Events

    Chapter 3. War and Warfare: The Online Environment as a Facilitator for War

    Chapter 4. Memetic War: Resistance and Actors

    Chapter 5. Memetic Warfare: Communication as a Weapon

    Chapter 6. Concluding Remarks – Strategic Considerations


    Tine Munk is a Senior Lecturer in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Tine predominantly teaches and researches cybercrime and cybersecurity. Her overarching research interest is cybercrimes in a political context, focusing on these crimes’ power, responses, and impacts.