|Title||People’s Information Security during a Pandemic and in the Post-Pandemic Period as a Systemic Phenomenon in Terms of Their Protectedness|
Sadivnychyi, Volodymyr Oleksiiovych
Nazarov, Mykola Serhiiovych
Lebid, Andrii Yevheniiovych
|Date of Issue||2021|
|Publisher||Academic Publishing House Researcher s.r.o.|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License|
|Citation||Volodymyr Sadivnychyi, Mykola S. Nazarov, Andrii E. Lebid, Natal'ya A. Shevchenko. People’s Information Security during a Pandemic and in the Post-Pandemic Period as a Systemic Phenomenon in Terms of Their Protectedness. International Journal of Media and Information Literacy. 2021. 6(1): 193-200.|
This paper shares the findings from a study that assessed the level of a person’s information
security during a pandemic and in the post-pandemic period. The base for the study was
advertising and textual and visual content with theoretical-academic, practical-medical, cultural educational, social, and social-political narratives containing information about COVID-19, an
acute respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The authors analyzed materials
from leading media outlets in Ukraine, Russia, the UK, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic,
Spain, and Italy and from the official website of the World Health Organization (WHO).
For a better insight into the ongoing processes, the following key groups of threats to one’s
information security were identified: another person, groups of people, collectives, masses, and
social institutions; programming and technical means and information-telecommunications
systems; structured channels for dissemination of mass information. The more tangible impacts on
one’s information security within the specialized information space segment were investigated in
the third group of threats, namely at the level of analysis of structured channels for dissemination
of mass information.
Based on their analysis of the latest information flows, the authors developed a special socio communication model for ensuring a person’s security in times of epidemics and crises that covers
principles of informing the public, such as filling the information space with various conceptual
markers; ensuring proper professional-information interpretation of various phenomena and
processes; undertaking the innovative enhancement of the sphere of information production and
diffusion; ensuring a universal individual nature.
The authors suggest that the study of content in local, regional, statewide, and international
media resources potentially can serve as a crucial knowledge base for comprehending all significant
characteristics of informing the public in times of societal disruption.
The authors’ exploration of information flowing across multiple media channels helped them
gain a better understanding of the need for and utility of verifying and fact-checking information to
ensure the meeting of information needs and proper performance of relevant roles in society, with
the following key characteristics of good information identified: value, relevance, objectivity,
reliability, completeness, comprehensibility, and adequacy.
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