Ahmed Al-Rawi is an Assistant Professor of Social Media, News and Public Communication at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Previously, he was a Communication Officer and later a Spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq.
Yasmin Jiwani is a full professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is also the Concordia Research Chair on Intersectionality, Violence and Resistance. She has published several books and numerous articles on race, gender, violence and media representations.
Russian troll activity on Twitter aimed at influencing public opinion has attracted a lot of attention in the United States and other western democracies. Canadians may feel it’s not an issue here. But a recent examination of Twitter data suggests there are reasons to be concerned as the country heads into a federal election.