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CBC Live Online: The New Digital Battleground

si_digital_battlefield_chat.jpgIsrael and Hamas have agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday after eight days of air strikes, rocket attacks and multiple rounds of what is being called the fiercest fighting between these two groups in nearly four years.

The ceasefire appears to be holding, and CBC News correspondents report residents on both sides of the Gaza border are starting to rebuild.

But the battles are far from over on the digital frontier.

This latest round of attacks hass demonstrated clearly to the world is that social media is playing a larger role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than ever before.

Representatives from military groups on both sides have been tweeting prolifically throughout the attacks in what many are calling an effort to sway public opinion, and continue to do so now.

The IDF in particular is running a sophisticated campaign that includes been YouTube videos, Instagram photos, and live-blogged attacks and reward badges for spreading their blog's content.

Much like leaders on the battlefield, both groups have specific strategies, agendas and goals. The internet has given them a platform to share those messages directly with citizens, reporters and enemies more quickly than ever before.

What does this mean for the public? Is this the future of war propaganda? Intelligence? Correspondence?

Join us this evening for CBC News: Live Online The New Digital Battleground at 7 p.m. ET to hear what some of Canada's top experts think about these issues.

Host Lauren O'Neil will be joined on webcam by:

Mathew Ingram
: A senior writer at GigaOm, former columnist with the Globe and Mail and co-founder of the Mesh conference in Toronto. An award-winning journalist, Ingram has spent the past 15 years writing about business, technology and new media as a reporter, columnist and blogger.

Christian Leuprecht, Royal Military College of Canada / Queen's University. A fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, the Queen's Centre for International and Defence Policy, and the Chair in Defence Management Studies, Christian Leuprecht's research priorities include national security and defence policy and political violence/terrorism among others. His award-winning publications have appeared in English, German, French, and Spanish, and include nine books as well as over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters.

Bob Bergen
Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and  adjunct assistant professor at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. A former journalist, Bergen specialized in reporting on the Canadian Forces for 25 years. He's also covered Canadian deployments to the Middle East, Cyprus, Cold War Europe, Croatia and Bosnia.

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If you'd like to ask one of our panelists a question live on webcam, simply activate your camera and send producer Andrea Bellemare a private message within Spreecast.

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