News

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 his 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...
27th June 2017
Mr. Janis Sarts, Director of the Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, has been invited to make an appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 28, 2017 to serve as witness in an open hearing on Russian Intervention in European Elections. Mr. Sarts has been invited along with other notable speakers such as Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Vesko Garcevic, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Frederick Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, and Dr. Constanze Stelzenmueller, and Bosch Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.
26th June 2017
The discussion forum is scheduled to take place on the 26th of June, at Stanford University. This event is organized by the NDI and CDDRL at Stanford University and will center around the discussion topic of Digital Disinformation. Joined by Scott Hubli from National Democratic Institute and Claire Wardle from First Draft News, director Janis Sarts will be speaking at a panel focused on the framing of the issue of digital disinformation and the global state of play.