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Transatlantic Discussion on COVID-19 disinformation, foreign infoops, threats to democratic principles and recommendations for decision makers in the US and the EU.

Please join GLOBSEC and the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) and on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from 15:00 – 16:00 CEST (9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Eastern time) for a virtual panel discussion on how the democratic countries should respond to the Corona virus infodemics, authoritarian charm offensive and democratic backsliding.

The COVID-19 pandemic will become a watershed moment for generations to come. Aside from the human and economic impact of the pandemic, the effect on democracies and democratic values will be significant. Moscow and Beijing have spared no opportunity to score political and moral victories while employing significant information operations globally to bury their own mistakes in handling the crisis. Slow and inefficient reaction by many governments has shaken faith of many in the fundamental democratic principles and the transatlantic alliance
• How should the democratic countries response to this challenge?
• What has changed in the war of narratives on Corona Virus since beginning of this year and why?
• What should be the role of social media in current situation?
• What should be the role of EU ?
• How to effectively counter Chinese and Russian propaganda?
• What are the best practices in taming the wave of false information and war of narratives?
• How to avoid sliding towards authoritarianism?


Graham Brookie, Director, DFR Lab, Washington DC

Anneli Ahonen, East Stratcom Task Force, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels,

Sasha Havlicek, CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, London

Peter Kreko, Director, Political Capital Institute, Budapest

Moderated by:
Daniel Milo, Senior Adviser, GLOBSEC Policy Institute, Bratislava

Apr 8, 2020 03:00 PM in Paris

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