Rules and processes shaping the information environment keep on changing. These changes have a tremendous impact on policies and perceptions, so players wishing to stay relevant are required to maintain a dynamic ability to adjust. The task of governments is two-fold: ensuring the fundamental rights and liberties of citizens while encouraging the maximum level of innovation and progress. It is an issue that requires the immediate attention of policy makers and their societies. Governments and International Organizations are struggling to get to grips with a poorly regulated online media space. More often than not, policy discussions are driven by an urgent need to react rather than systematic research. How easy is it to get lost on a wrong track? What can be learned from the front-runners and what is the road for International Organizations?
The world is encountering new fundamental changes in the information environment. These recent developments can be attributed to shifts in information consumption habits in our societies – sophisticated communications technologies are rapidly changing the way people access, use, and exchange information. This, in turn, is changing our societies, our institutions, and the way our adversaries operate in our countries and beyond. As these changes have become one of the top challenges for the military leadership today, it is necessary to reconsider the military’s modus operandi and contemplate the following key questions: Can existing military decision-making processes overcome the challenges and exploit the opportunities found in the omni-present information environment? How can the military improve understanding and use of com-munication effects, and integrate them with traditional capabilities during Allied operations (bridging the say-do gap)? Is mission command applicable in communication – empowering all our soldiers to com-municate about our missions in a coherent way?
Modern society was built on the idea that educated and empowered human beings are the source of progress and development. But what happens when computers are becoming increasingly intelligent and powerful? Power and knowledge seem to increasingly reside in networks beyond individual human understanding and control. Does this threaten the ability of individuals to shape society for the better? Does the answer lie in embracing ‘dataism’ to save the humans species? This panel will discuss the limits of Artificial Intelligence, big data, the future role of humans, and tomorrow’s governance of societies. These issues converge on the existential question “What is the role of free will in a changing world?”
Keynote by H.E. Mr Tacan Ildem
Twisting by the Poll – How to Influence Elections
Opening Remarks by H.E. Mr Raimonds Vejonis, President of Latvia and Mr Jānis Sārts, Director of the NATO StratCom COE.
The Mentalist – Unleash Your Influence, Mr Gilan Gork, Founder, Influence Institute.
Discussion 'Informed or Influenced? The Art of Decision-Making'
Riga StratCom Dialogue is not just a conference about global communications, it is a hub for discussing topics that will shape our future. We invite you not to miss an opportunity to become a part of this important discussion and save the date for this event.
The third Riga StratCom Dialogue will bring together the brightest minds from the government sector, military, academia and private sector to discuss today’s strategic communications challenges.
This discussion will be moderated by Prof Neville Bolt, Director of the King's Centre for Strategic Communications at King's College London and editor-in-chief of "Defence Strategic Communications". Panelists: Charles Kriel (digital theorist & practitioner, broadcaster and journalist), Ofer Fridman (lecturer at the Department of War Studies, King's College London), Claire Yorke (nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council), Dr Andriy Tyushka (Research Fellow, European Neighborhood Policy Chair, College of Europe).
Building on experience from the seminar “Trends in Social Media and Their Further Development“ that was held in 2017 (you can watch the videos here), in 2018 we will discuss emerging challenges and opportunities for strategic communications in social media. Experts speaking at this seminar will come from the private sector, academia, media, military and government institutions.
Much confusion surrounds the nature of “hybrid warfare” – conflict that includes multiple dimensions such as conventional/unconventional, regular/irregular, cyber and informational tactics. Emerging threats are redefining security priorities for NATO allies which include Canada and a majority of European Union member states. The panelists will offer insights on these evolving tactics, and share experiences and best practices from the Baltics.
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