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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...
4th October 2017
The official inauguration of Hybrid CoE took place in October 3, attended by high-level representatives of the EU, NATO and the host country. EU–NATO cooperation is a key challenge for countering hybrid threats – and a major opportunity for the Centre’s activities. On 11 April, the EU and NATO welcomed the establishment of the European Centre of Excellence for countering hybrid threats, which will contribute to the strengthened cooperation between the EU and NATO. While not signatories themselves, NATO and the EU will participate actively in the Centre’s activities and are invited to support the Steering Board with their expertise...
17th July 2017
A selection of books that have been authored or co-authored by speakers of the "Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017". Radical Media Ethics: A Global Approach by Dr Stephen J.A. Ward From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: Disruptive Innovation in the Age of the Internet by John Naughton A Brief History of the Future: Origins of the Internet by John Naughton Commodity Prices 101 by Mr Jason Schenker Global Journalism Ethics by Dr Stephen J.A. Ward Jobs for Robots: Between Robocalypse and Robotopia by Mr Jason Schenker A Brief History of the Future: From Radio Days to Internet Years in a Lifetime by John...