History Repeating Itself: How the Media Frames Reporting on Cyber Conflict

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In this paper we examine the role that the news media plays in the production and transmission of knowledge about cyber conflict. We consider how the media draw on and influence the academic and cybersecurity practitioner debate. From the literature on news media framing, we draw out different forms of framing. We also consider the way that some news stories can become touchpoints; key events that are referred to as examples in future coverage of the same topic. We analyse the coverage of three examples of cyber conflict in the online archive of a broadsheet UK newspaper. In doing so, we highlight the role of key individuals who act as translators between networks of journalists, academics, and practitioners. Finally we look at reporting on cyber conflict in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022
EventThe Hague 2022 Conference on International Cyber Security: Navigating Narratives in Cyberspace - Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Nov 20229 Nov 2022


ConferenceThe Hague 2022 Conference on International Cyber Security
CityThe Hague
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