Archiving the Present. Critical Data Practices During Russia’s War in Ukraine


  • Miglė Bareikytė Department of Media Studies, University of Siegen
  • Yarden Skop CRC "Media of Cooperation", University of Siegen



War, Digital archiving, Disinformation, Russia, Ukraine, Situatedness


Russia's war in Ukraine is also a digital one: war becomes data, managed by algorithmic systems and content moderation tools of large tech platforms. This paper focuses on archiving and disinformation as two key data practices during the war. We explore how these future-facing practices are embedded in fragmented social media temporalities that interfere with the sense-making of the war. We argue that digital archiving, especially through civic community archives, is crucial in documenting war data and countering disinformation practices. We also posit that it is crucial to research these data practices by cooperating with local scholars and activists, with the goal of understanding the war and its implications in a manner that respects local knowledge. This is the lead essay for a special feature of Sociologica, and it also briefly presents the works by other contributors that make up the issue.


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How to Cite

Bareikytė, M., & Skop, Y. (2022). Archiving the Present. Critical Data Practices During Russia’s War in Ukraine . Sociologica, 16(2), 199–215.



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