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6th June 2018
Privacy Policy Last modified: June 1, 2018. The Privacy Policy describes how we treat your personal information when you use ‘’The News Hero’’. At NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, address: 11B Kalnciema Street, Riga, LV-1048, Latvia (hereinafter – „Developer”, “Us” or “We”), we value and respect your right to privacy. We have designed this Privacy Policy to inform you on how we collect and process your personal information (further- “personal data”) that you have provided to us. Only we have access to your personal data. We will never sell, trade, or otherwise pass your personal data to a third...
6th June 2018
Terms & Conditions The terms of this agreement (“Terms & Conditions”) govern the relationship between you (“The User”) and the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, address: 11B Kalnciema Street, Rīga, LV-1048, Latvia (hereinafter – „Administration”) regarding your use of “”The News Hero.” “The News Hero” game is available on Facebook at: apps.facebook.com/thenewshero (hereinafter – “Game”), and is designed for simultaneous, 24/7 use by a large number of Users, who have received access to the Game at the aforementioned address. These Terms and Conditions are in addition to the Privacy Policy. 1.1. The Terms & Conditions shall be binding to...
24th May 2018
If you can't make it to the Riga StratCom Dialogue, do not worry! We will be livestreaming most of the sessions on our Facebook page. Here is the schedule of livestreams: June 11, 15:00-17:00, Discussion “Russian Influence Activities in the Digital Space and Beyond” June 12, 11:00-13:00, Opening of the Conference and Discussion 'Informed or Influenced? Informed or Influenced? The Art of Decision-Making' June 12, 16:00-17:45, Keynote by H.E. Mr Tacan Ildem and Discussion 'Twisting by the Poll – How to Influence Elections' June 13, 10:00-11:30, Discussion 'Loss of Free Will”: Can Humans Stay in Charge?' June 13, 14:30-16:00, Discussion...
24th May 2018
Russia views the Baltic States—and their Russian-speaking populations—as key target groups that can be used as focal points to spread disruptive influence, reshape political and popular opinion, and reinforce misleading or false images and narratives. The main objective of our latest research product is to study of the demographics, public posts, and behaviour patterns of Russian-speaking users of VK, OK, and FB in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. A variety of analytical methods were used, including information search algorithms, data visualisation, applied linguistics tools, structural network analysis, elements of expert systems theory, trend and opinion analysis, neural networks, and machine learning.
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.