16th May 2017
A game, browser plugins, and troll activity recognition methods were developed during a one-day hackathon on May 13 organised by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. On May 13, the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence organised a one-day hacking event aimed at coming up with practical methods to detect fake news and biased media sources online. The aim of this event was to create a place where tech industry specialists and top minds from the media could collaborate on new ways to ensure the trustworthiness of online media. The 28 participants from Latvia were divided into six teams, each team included at least one coder, one statistician, one designer, and one journalist.
6th April 2017
“If you only focus on countering, you’re on their territory,” says Ben Heap, a member of the a NATO StratCom COE, a think tank based in Riga, Latvia. Read the full article by Christian Caryl here .
31st March 2017
Before BBC Global Questions in Riga on 31 March, Zeinab Badawi sat down with the director Janis Sarts to explore the new relationship between Washington and Moscow and what it will mean for the Baltics. You can watch the interview here .
21st March 2017
Journalist and historian Gordon F. Sander writes in his article for "Like most think tanks, StratCom’s principal activity consists of producing white papers. It also publishes its own academic journal, “Defense Strategic Communications.” The difference is that it does these things inside a fortified compound. StratCom’s formal remit — “to understand and use state-of-the-art methods that address challenges in the information environment that NATO and NATO countries face” — remains a broad one. Still, Stratcom’s gung-ho staff admit, their principal focus is the information war — or “information confrontation,” in the center’s preferred, less bellicose phrase — between NATO and Russia. But, they emphasize, they are only observers of that “confrontation,” not participants, as both the external Russian media and the local Russia media would have it."
21st March 2017
Experts in strategic communications from around the world gathered at King’s College London on March 8 to discuss the mounting challenges ahead for practitioners. “Strategic Communications in the 21st Century: Turbulence, Strategy and Tactics”, was the first joint-conference hosted by King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) and NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence based in Riga, Latvia. It opened on the day the news was dominated by another major leak of US intelligence files. The first panel of three King’s academics attempted to put events into perspective.
13th March 2017
We are publishing a conversation between Melissa Lane and Victoria Preston in which they discuss the challenges of strategic communication that we face after Brexit. By publishing this article we underscore our commitment to bringing top academics and practicioners into conversation with each other. Melissa Lane is Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Victoria Preston is a strategic communications advisor.
27th February 2017
Jānis Sārts: "Kampaņa par Latgales atdalīšanos no Latvijas bija tests, kas neizdevās. Cilvēkiem, kuri negrib atšķirt melus no patiesības, jāakceptē, ka kāds ar viņiem manipulēs. Diskusija fundamentālu ļaunumu varbūt nenodarīja, jo savā ziņā es to redzēju arī kā tādu testa mēģinājumu, vai šāda ideja ietu uz priekšu. Es teiktu, ka tas tests visdrīzāk neatnāca ar tādiem rezultātiem, kā tie, kas to bija radījuši, gribēja. Otra lieta - mums nav jāturpina par to runāt. Jo savā ziņā tas ļauj arī neveiksmīgai iniciatīvai turpināt dzīvi. Man prieks par to, ka, manuprāt, tas Latgales stāsts nav aizgājis, jo, protams, Latgalē ir ļoti liela...
27th February 2017
" Der Stab des französischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Emmanuel Macron hat bereits geklagt, dass es Versuche gebe, in die französischen Präsidentschaftswahlen einzugreifen. Und vor der deutschen Bundestagswahl gibt es ähnliche Befürchtungen auch in Berlin. Doch wie funktioniert diese russische Einflussnahme, welche Mechanismen nützt sie, und was will sie tatsächlich bewirken? Dazu gibt es immer mehr Studien und Gegenmaßnahmen. Markus Müller berichtet. " You can listen to the full podcast on Radio Ö1 website .
21st February 2017
Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (BICG) organised a discussion "Impact of Disinformation: Strategy Adjustment & Risk Governance for Business" in Riga, on the 21 st of February. Mr Jānis Sārts, Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, and Mr Uldis Biķis, Board member of the BICG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Latvijas Finieris, were the keynote speakers of the event. “Information warfare is an everyday reality, which can have and has a significant impact on economies and businesses. In the Baltic region, in Europe and in the entire world. In their daily rush, people absorb messages...