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11th December 2018
This autumn, we organised a virtual competition "How to detect malicious use of video/photographic content online?". This competition provided an opportunity to meet talented young teams, who presented innovative concepts and prototypes aimed at countering malicious online activities, with a focus on altered images and/or video content. On December 10, the award ceremony took place, and the winning team from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) received a prize of 5 000 euros, provided by our main partner - Latvijas Mobilais Telefons.
22nd November 2018
The Latvian elections of October 2018 coincided with minimal Russian-language Twitter-messaging about the NATO presence, the latest Robotrolling report by NATO StratCom COE concludes.
3rd October 2018
Scholarship Activity: Conduct research on disinformation in social media, for instance with reference to malign influence in European elections. The focus may be on assessing key messages of disinformation campaigns, how tech and social media platforms enable new forms of manipulation, measuring the impact of automated (bot) or fake human-controlled (troll) user profiles, or using quantitative methods to identify patterns in adversarial communication.
31st August 2018
The event celebrating Nations which are a part of the Centre of Excellence, took place on September 3, 2018. Flags of Latvia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom were raised.
22nd August 2018
Latest Robotrolling report by NATO StratCom COE: President Trump’s tour of Europe in July provoked ferocious discussion about NATO. Anonymous human-controlled English-language accounts, expressing positions in support of or in opposition to the US President, dominated online conversations. With the US mid-term elections approaching, the aggregate numbers suggest fake human activity is on the rise. The fact that NATO’s deterrence efforts in Poland and the Baltics are being mobilised in this way is concerning.
24th July 2018
NATO StratCom COE created a new game designed to help readers develop ‘fake news’ spotting abilities.
2nd July 2018
A U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Senator Jeff Flake will visit Latvia July 1-3. The delegation will also include Senator Bob Corker, Senator Tom Udall, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative Ed Royce. This visit is part of a larger trip, which also includes stops in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Parliament Speaker Ināra Mūrniece, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Defense and the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. The group will also visit Ādaži Military Base.
19th June 2018
Governments need to adapt to technological challenges more rapidly, but technology companies and private sector must also recognise their social responsibility. In the second week of June Riga became a hub for strategic communications for the third time. The conference ‘Riga StratCom Dialogue’, organised by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, gathered more than 700 strategic communications experts from more than 40 countries. “Democratic societies have always been facing challenges. But this is also their source of strength – they adapt, respond and endure. New technologies and social media have created vulnerabilities precisely because we place such a high...
19th June 2018
Director Jānis Sārts spoke at a discussion “NATO in 2018: Limits and Opportunities in Responding to Existing and Emerging Challenges” on 15 June 2018 in Riga.
6th June 2018
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