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24th July 2018
NATO StratCom COE created a new game designed to help readers develop ‘fake news’ spotting abilities.
2nd July 2018
A U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Senator Jeff Flake will visit Latvia July 1-3. The delegation will also include Senator Bob Corker, Senator Tom Udall, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative Ed Royce. This visit is part of a larger trip, which also includes stops in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. While in Latvia, the delegation will meet with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Parliament Speaker Ināra Mūrniece, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Defense and the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. The group will also visit Ādaži Military Base.
19th June 2018
Governments need to adapt to technological challenges more rapidly, but technology companies and private sector must also recognise their social responsibility. In the second week of June Riga became a hub for strategic communications for the third time. The conference ‘Riga StratCom Dialogue’, organised by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, gathered more than 700 strategic communications experts from more than 40 countries. “Democratic societies have always been facing challenges. But this is also their source of strength – they adapt, respond and endure. New technologies and social media have created vulnerabilities precisely because we place such a high...
19th June 2018
Director Jānis Sārts spoke at a discussion “NATO in 2018: Limits and Opportunities in Responding to Existing and Emerging Challenges” on 15 June 2018 in Riga.
6th June 2018
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6th June 2018
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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.