Aliaksandr Herasimenka is a political communication scholar and a postdoctoral researcher at the Programme on Democracy & Technology.
Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka
Aliaksandr is a postdoctoral researcher at the Programme on Democracy and Technology at the Oxford Internet Institute.
His work investigates how political groups and governments use algorithms, automation and technology to manipulate public opinion. He also studies how people employ technologies to increase civic engagement in authoritarian settings. His current research utilizes social data science to study disinformation on fringe social media platforms and disruptive anti-vaccination movements. Aliaksandr is part of the Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science and Media.
Aliaksandr completed his doctorate at the Westminster School of Media and Communication, University of Westminster, where he also worked as a research associate. His dissertation investigated how the authoritarian contexts of Belarus and Russia shape newer forms of grassroots leadership and digitally-enabled political organising. This work showed how digital leaders built ad hoc shadowed organisational structures and deployed vast digital communication ecologies to address authoritarian surveillance and censorship. The study explained why some anti-authoritarian movements are more powerful than others.
Before pursuing his doctorate, Aliaksandr received a Master of Arts in European Studies from Aarhus University (Denmark). He also holds degrees in Political Science and Computer Science. Aliaksandr worked as a journalist, an editor and a media coordinator in an international NGO. He also held visiting and graduate assistant teaching positions at University College London, University of Portsmouth, University of Westminster and Middlesex University. He was involved in teaching subjects related to digital methods, political communication, digital activism, communication theories and media production. He was a fellow at German Marshal Fund of the United States.
political communication, computational methods, digital media, social movements, political disinformation, messaging platforms.
Position held at OII:
- Postdoctoral Researcher, April 2020 –
Participants: Professor Phillip Howard, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Aleksi Knuutila, Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka
This project builds on existing data science to understand the extent to which credible public health information is outweighed by false content on social media and measure the effectiveness of public health communication responses in real‐time.
Recorded: 27 January 2021
In this webinar, Dr Herisamenka presents recent research into anti-vaccination communities on social media and their content.
Recorded: 1 September 2020
Athina Karatzogianni, editor of the book series Digital Activism and Society, talks to researcher Aliaksandr Herasimenka about the role played by ICT in the 2020 protests again President Alexander Lukashenko.
20 July 2020
New research shows the Telegram instant messaging service, used by 400 million people worldwide, has become a refuge for far-right commentators who have been removed from mainstream social media platforms.
27 January 2021
The OII looks forward to this webinar featuring Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka, a postdoctoral researcher at the Computational Propaganda Project (COMPROP). He's joined by Professor Philip Howard, Director of the OII and Principal Investigator for COMPROP.
28 May 2021 Washington Post
When Belarusian authorities forced down a Ryanair jet flying from Greece to Lithuania on Sunday, the goal was arresting Raman Pratasevich, a journalist and a key leader of the Belarusian protest movement that has been particularly active in the past year
27 May 2021 Washington Post
Poorly informed leaders with a few allies are more likely to take risks.
26 January 2021 The Financial Times
Use of high-end digital surveillance technology goes far beyond China’s Xinjiang province.
15 January 2021 The Telegraph
American extremists on Telegram are being influenced by state-backed disinformation campaigns, according to researchers.
21 September 2020 The Telegraph
YouTube had improved its algorithm to promote credible sources, but videos were still going viral elsewhere.
11 September 2020 The Washington Post
For the past month, since the Aug. 9 election, Belarusians have engaged in daily protests and strikes across the entire country.
11 September 2020 The Washington Post
New surveys show protesters had to be creative to share information.
3 September 2020 Radio Télévision Suisse
The conflict in Belarus is also playing out in the field of information and propaganda. The working conditions of journalists, sometimes detained or beaten, have become increasingly difficult since the contested re-election of Alexander Lukashenko.
27 August 2020 Seznam Zprávy
Disinformation, fake news, propaganda. Terms that have been inhabited in our environment for a few years. And their consequences can be major. For example, in influencing major political events such as elections.
25 August 2020 Buzz Feed News
Crackdowns and demonstrations continue to roil Belarus after a contested election, but the US seems reluctant to play a role in the push for an autocratic leader to share power and scale back police abuse.
24 August 2020 Politiken
More than 150,000 protesters defied the regime's threats and took to the streets on Sunday in Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko appeared armed and in full military gear.
21 August 2020 The Initium
Privatized by Europe? Privatized by Russia? The Lukashenko system is full of ills. Belarusians want autonomy, but they also need a change.
20 August 2020 Die Tageszeitung
In Belarus, the government keeps blocking the internet. The messenger Telegram remains accessible - and becomes a medium of protest.
19 August 2020 Zetland
It was Sunday, August 9, and for a rare occasion, Europeans turned their eyes to what was happening on the streets of Minsk, Belarus' capital.
18 August 2020 The Financial Times
One problem for the opposition in peeling away Mr Lukashenko’s securocrat backers is the question of what will happen to them without him.
16 August 2020 NOS News
More than a week after the controversial presidential elections in Belarus, the protests against President Lukashenko are still not over.
28 June 2020 The Washington Post
Telegram founder Pavel Durov used cyber-dodging tactics and the messaging app’s reach to outmanoeuvre Russia’s state telecommunications regulator.
12 May 2020 Politico
The coronavirus is providing a global rallying cry for conspiracy theorists and far-right extremists on both sides of the Atlantic.
In the past five years my work has been financially supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund, Open Society Foundations, the oneworld Alliance and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. As part of my science communication and policy outreach, I have served in an unpaid advisory capacity to the World Health Organisation.
I conduct my research in line with the University's academic integrity code of practice.