News

18th May 2020
The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented event in almost every way, not least from a strategic communications perspective. Faced with uncertainty about the development of the virus and its impact on society, governments are under enormous pressure to communicate policy initiatives and advice to their publics under extraordinary circumstances.
15th May 2020
A recording of a live discussion the NATO StratCom COE held on 13 May 2020. Speakers: Prof. Dimitar Bechev (Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Mr Milan Jovanović (Researcher, Atlantic Council of Montenegro). Moderator: Ms Sanda Svetoka, Senior Expert, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.
8th May 2020
Report “Manipulation ecosystem of social messaging platforms” offers a landscape scan of the manipulation tools and services available for WhatsApp and Telegram, finding as diverse a group of services on the open web. The report aims to assess the tools and services: evaluating the cost, methods and scale of manipulation, quality of manipulation tools and services, and the ability of WhatsApp and Telegram to identify and counter manipulation on their platforms.
7th May 2020
We have published three new reports with a focus on Russia's footprint in the Western Balkan information environment. The scope of analysis is Russia’s activities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
7th May 2020
A recording of a live discussion the NATO StratCom COE held on 6 May 2020. Discussion was moderated by NATO StratCom COE director Jānis Sārts. Speakers: Mr Tim Hwang (Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative) and Mr Keir Giles (Conflict Studies Research Centre).
27th April 2020
A recording of a live discussion the NATO StratCom COE held on 28 April 2020. Speakers: Ms Sudha David-Wilp (Deputy Director, German Marshall Fund Berlin Office), Mr Kjartan Hreinn Njalsson (Assistant to the Director of Health, Iceland), Mr Yarden Vatikay (Former Head of the National Information Directorate, Prime Minister's Office, Israel).
25th April 2020
A recording of a live discussion the NATO StratCom COE held on 22 April 2020. Discussion was moderated by NATO StratCom COE social scientist Giorgio Bertolin. Speakers: Guna Šnore (NATO Stratcom COE Senior Expert) and Rueban Manokara (NATO Stratcom COE Senior Expert).
20th April 2020
A recording of a live discussion the NATO StratCom COE held on 15 April 2020. In this online conversation NATO StratCom COE experts Nora Biteniece and Henrik Twetman discussed these topics with director Janis Sarts.
21st March 2020
Newly published report “Camouflage for the Digital Domain” provides a point of departure for discussion on force protection in the digital domain. Its builds on the challenges and issues observed by the NATO Stratcom CoE while working closely with armed forces and military organization. This report is intended to support commanders and decision-makers in coming to terms with these complex issues.
26th February 2020
Surges in inauthentic activity coincided with the December 2019 NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London, according to the latest instalment of Robotrolling by the NATO StratCom COE. This quarter, Robotrolling observed that robotic accounts focused heavily on the 2019 NATO Leaders’ Meeting, particularly on English-language Twitter, where the level of bot activity nearly tripled compared to previous reports. At the same time, Russian-language bot activity on Twitter decreased to the lowest level observed since monitoring began in 2017. On VK the meeting coincided with an anomalous increase in activity from anonymous human-controlled accounts.