Transatlantic discussions on democratic interferences: a common response to hybrid threats

Experts’ seminar with stakeholders, journalists and researchers

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
10 June 2022 - 09:00h
LOCATION: Sala Jordi Maragall, CIDOB. Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) with the support of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona

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Objective

Information warfare and social media manipulation have proven to be a very powerful tool to feed polarization and to erode institutional trust. This seminar wants to foster an open dialogue among experts about how to better build resilience to hybrid activities. Building transatlantic alliances and common approaches to these challenges increases the capacity to understand and confront such threats.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Jessica Berlin

Jessica Berlin

Visiting Fellow, The German Marshall Fund, Berlin; Founder, CoStruct

Nereida Carrillo

Nereida Carrillo

Journalist; Founder, learntocheck.org

Carme Colomina

Carme Colomina

Research Fellow on Disinformation, EU and Global Politics, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Renee DiResta

Renee DiResta

Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory (online)

Raquel Jorge Ricart

Raquel Jorge Ricart

Analyst on Technology and Digital Agenda, Elcano Royal Institute

Veera Kaarela

Veera Kaarela

Analyst, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly

Visiting Fellow, The German Marshall Fund; Data Investigator for Bank of America

Manel Medina

Manel Medina

Director, Master's Degree in Cybersecurity and Blochchain Management, UPC; former Deputy Director, Technical Competence Department, ENISA, European Information Security Agency (2011-2014)

Jeffrey Michaels

Jeffrey Michaels

IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security, IBEI

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Karma Peiró

Karma Peiró

Journalist specializing in Information and Communication Technologies; co-director, Visualization for Transparency Foundation (ViT)

Katie Stana

Katie Stana

United States Consul General in Barcelona

Transatlantic discussions on democratic interferences: a common response to hybrid threats PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:15h Welcome and goal of the dialogue

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Katie Stana, United States Consul General in Barcelona

09:15h Disinformation and influence operations: reshaping politics and geopolitics

A discussion between:

Raquel Jorge Ricart, Analyst on Technology and Digital Agenda, Elcano Royal Institute

Jack Kelly, Visiting Fellow, The German Marshall Fund; Data Investigator for Bank of America

Manel Medina, Director, Master's Degree in Cybersecurity and Blochchain Management, UPC; former Deputy Director, Technical Competence Department, ENISA, European Information Security Agency (2011-2014)

Jeffrey Michaels, IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security, IBEI

Chaired and moderated by:

Karma Peiró, Journalist specializing in Information and Communication Technologies; co-director, Visualization for Transparency Foundation (ViT) 

Followed by a debate between all the speakers and invited guests

10:45h Coffee break

11:15h Analysing strategies for civic immunity to manipulation: countering, regulating, empowering

A discussion between:

Veera Kaarela, Analyst, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Carme Colomina, Research Fellow on Disinformation, EU and Global Politics, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Renee DiResta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory (online) 

Jessica Berlin, Visiting Fellow, The German Marshall Fund, Berlin; Founder, CoStruct 

Chaired and moderated by:

Nereida Carrillo, Journalist; Founder, learntocheck.org 

Followed by a debate between all the speakers and invited guests

12:45h Final remarks and conclusions

Carme Colomina, Research Fellow on Disinformation, EU and Global Politics, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

13:00h Light lunch