The word of the year in 2016, according to the Oxford Dictionaries, was – “post-truth”. Focus on the concept of ‘’post-truth” demonstrates the underlying internet in and concern about how communication advances, and the impact of these advances. These changes, affecting the political, defence and social spheres, are leading us to ask quasi-existential questions about the fundamental nature of mankind, and perhaps more importantly, its future.
The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017 will seek to address these issues by bringing together experts, including policy-makers, academics and practitioners, to create a wide-ranging discussion on how rapid changes in communications are affecting all sectors of our global society.
Are new trends simply old ideas rediscovered? Are societies able to withstand the pace of change brought about by technology? How will democracy adapt to thrive in the 21st century?
Join us on 5-6 July 2017 in Riga at the National Library of Latvia to answer these questions and many more. This event is invitations only, but will be streamed live on our Facebook page.
On May 13, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence will organise a one day hacking event aimed at coming up with practical methods to detect fake news and biased media online.
Fake news and biased media publishing “alternative facts” has become a problem that internet companies and governments are equally concerned about. Facebook, along with Google, has tried to cut off the financial incentives for fake news purveyors by stopping their advertising networks from being used to sell ads on fake news sites. First Draft News, with partners such as Facebook, Twitter, the Washington Post and BuzzFeed, have launched CrossCheck to...
Trainer Jānis Sārts is the Director of the NATO StratCom COE, based in Riga, Latvia. He began his career in the Ministry of Defence and was soon promoted as a director of the Defence Policy Department, where he was in charge of development and implementation of Latvia’s annual national plans for membership into NATO. As the state secretary, Sārts has led defense reforms, developed a new state defense concept, and encouraged regional defense cooperation within NATO and the EU.
In today’s information space, spreading fake news is as easy as a ‘Like,’ ‘Tweet’ or ‘Share.’ While NATO is deploying to Europe’s frontline, the Kremlin is field-testing new subversive techniques against Allied forces. What are the new lessons for force protection in the information space? What are the emerging do’s, don’ts and dangers of the information age? Join us for a half day seminar with leading experts from the Center for European Policy Analysis and the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence on threats and remedies from the information frontier.
This discussion is organised jointly with the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).
In today’s information space, spreading fake news is as easy as a ‘Like,’ ‘Tweet’ or ‘Share.’ While the concept of disinformation and state-sponsored propaganda is still new to many Americans, it is all too familiar to U.S. allies on NATO’s frontline, where the Kremlin has field-tested subversive techniques for decades. How can press officers and strategic communications practitioners spot false stories and identify trolls or “bot” techniques in social media? What are the emerging do’s, don’t and dangers of the information age? Join us for a discussion with leading experts from the Center for European Policy Analysis and NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence on threats and remedies from the information frontier.
At this event, experts from academia, private sector, government, and media will provide insights and practical recommendations for NATO civilian/military personnel.
The seminar will be a forum where the main issues concerning the evolution of social media will be discussed with high-level experts coming from different fields. This will contribute towards improved awareness of the relevance of social media for Strategic Communications.
How can humour be used as a tool for Strategic Communication? This is the question the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence set out to answer together with a research team lead by Professor Žaneta Ozoliņa.
Researchers created an innovative framework for the analysis of humour as a communication tool and, based on this methodology, they analysed three case studies. The first case study looks at the late-night shows on Perviy Kanal and discreditation of Western political leaders. The second case study analyses KVN (Club of the Merry and Witty), the third looks at use of humour for...
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This conference celebrates the partnership between the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, King’s College London and NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga.
We live in an era of turbulence. Unpredictability stalks the world of geopolitics. States struggle to respond to dynamic transformations that surround them. Insurgent movements seem to have their fingers on the pulse of change. Sovereign borders are breached, cyber systems attacked, and diplomacy seems out of step with the speed of developments...
The NATO StratCom COE invites you to attend the publication event on 8 December at the Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel 1st floor conference room, Jēkaba Street 24, Riga, Latvia
Over the last three years the NATO Strategic Communications COE has continued to research Russia’s influence activities against Ukraine and the West. Our researches concludes that Russia is employing a variety of means and methods both direct and indirect, through a wide range of actors and channels, in a way that affects national security interests. At this event our latest research into this influence will be presented, with a focus on narratives that the Kremlin has been cultivating over a long period in order to achieve its strategic aims.
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