The University of Latvia, continuing its long-standing tradition, convened the 80th international scientific conference, encompassing various scientific sections in all branches of science. Researchers from UL and other higher education institutions of Latvia, as well as 27 other countries presented their reports at this event.

The current proceedings represent the collection of reports in two sections of the media and communication science. The first section was organized under the auspices of the research project “Risks to Democracy Caused by Disinformation and Conspiracy: Reviewing the Latvian Experience” (lzp-2019/1-0278). This project is implemented with the support of the Fundamental and Applied Project Programme by Latvian Council of Science. The focus of the section was the analysis of current and past information processes, the spread of disinformation, communication ethics, as well as the role of social networks in the spread of information and disinformation.

The collection also includes the research presented in the section of young researchers and doctoral students of media and communication science. Their thematic spectrum is wide; however, the focus remains on the analysis of diverse information processes, examples of the information space control by non-democratic regimes, digitization and new media.

These proceedings contain 18 articles authored by experienced scientists, as well as representatives of the younger generation of researchers. Thus, this collection is a good example of the synergy of different generations of scientists, and the regeneration of scientists.

All the articles included in the collection are double-blind peer-reviewed, thereby ensuring their scientific quality and merit. We would like to thank all the reviewers for their work, substantive consideration of the manuscripts, and helpful advice.

We hope that these proceedings will bring a valuable contribution to the field of media and communication publications and stimulate further research, as well as participation with valuable research results in future conferences.

Professor Vita Zelče
University of Latvia, Latvia

In: Media and Society, 2022. Proceedings of Scientific Papers = Mediji un sabiedrība, 2022. Rakstu krājums. Riga, University of Latvia, 2023. 173 p.