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22nd May 2018
New Robotrolling report by NATO StratCom COE shows a surge in anonymous Twitter posts about NATO activity in the Baltics and Poland. Additionally, bot activity in Russian-language conversations has returned to high levels following a winter slumber. Robotrolling considers Twitter-mentions of NATO together with one or more of the host countries Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. In the period 1 February – 30 April 2018, Russian-language bots created 54% of all Russian-language messages about NATO in the Baltic States and Poland.
11th May 2018
In 2018, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) will host the tenth anniversary Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon X. To celebrate the decennial milestone, members of the cyber security community were invited to shape the focus of the tenth CyCon with their own choice of the most topical cyber security issues, from technical, legal, policy, strategy or military perspectives. The debates and presentations at the event will stem both from original research papers submitted by the academic community and insights offered by other renowned experts in the field. As a result, CyCon X will focus on the topic of maximising effects in cyberspace.
11th May 2018
GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum (17 – 19 May 2018) has grown into one of the top strategic forums worldwide for connecting the realms of politics, academia, the non-government sector, and business. The Forum provides a space for both formal and informal discussions that seek solutions and encourage firm action for the most urgent crises facing us now and in the future.
16th March 2018
NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence welcomed H.E. Raimonds Vējonis, the president of Latvia, on March 15. He was briefed on the recent developments in strategic communications and the flagship initiatives of the NATO StratCom COE. They discussed the importance of soft power at times when there is an ongoing focus to win hearts and minds. President noted: "As in Latvia we have a Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, we have to refine strategic communications capabilities in our daily work and be excellent in communication with our society. Centre's publications deepen our understanding about the current state of the information...
16th March 2018
Recent years have left us grappling with developments in communication technologies, socio-political shifts, as well as urgent calls to respond to issues of disinformation and indirect subversion through state and non-state actors. It is thus high time to negotiate issues brought to a head by these evolving dynamics: tensions between local and global spaces, privacy and accountability, regulation and freedom of speech. Strategic communication lies at the heart of these challenges. We need to find new, creative ways of communicating progressive visions, but also resolve how to protect democratic values from being undermined by destructive influences. Same place, different speakers,...
19th February 2018
New Robotrolling report by NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence suggests that actors manipulating the online conversation are changing tactics. The cause might be Twitter’s actions against automated Russian-language ‘bot’ accounts. The report observes a sharp rise in the use of fake, human-operated ‘troll’ accounts and corresponding decrease of bot accounts.
12th February 2018
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31st January 2018
From January 1 to February 2, Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General of NATO, will be on an official visit to Latvia. On February 1, R. Gottemoeller will visit the Ādaži base to meet with NATO members of the expanded presence in the combat group of warriors in Latvia. On February 2, NATO Undersecretary General will meet with Secretary of State Janis Garisons to discuss regional security issues and issues relating to the NATO enlargement presence in Latvia in the Battle Group. On the second day of her visit, Gottemoeller will meet with Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Ojārs Kalniņš Chairman of...
25th January 2018
The narratives that Russia exploits against the Region are mainly oriented towards undermining NATO and EU in the eyes of the local populations, treating the threat from Russia as ridiculous and labelling the Region as Russophobic. Russia also attempts to rewrite the history of the Nordic-Baltic states and glorify the Soviet history. In terms of targeting individual countries, Russia tries to undermine and even demonise national governments, confuse and demoralise local populations by emphasising on different societal, economic, political and deterring regional cooperation and engagement with NATO.
16th November 2017
New study by NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence concludes that Russian-language bots create roughly 70% of all Russian messages about NATO in the Baltic States and Poland. Overall, 60% of active Russian-language accounts seem to be automated. In comparison, 39% of accounts twe eting in English are bots, and they created 52% of all English-language messages in the period that we analysed. Robotrolling is a quarterly product that focuses on automation on Social Media. This issue and analyses how automation on Twitter interferes with the conversation about the NATO presence in the Baltics and Poland. The latest issue considers...