ASD’s Social Media Analyst and Communications Officer Bret Schafer will lead three workshops exploring the use of technology to combat digital disinformation at the DAI Heidelberg (Germany) Cultural Center. Event details are below: 

In this turbulent age of fundamental challenges for our democratic societies, the ground is being laid for widespread disinformation campaigns. By strategically targeting already existing grievances, these sow confusion, concern and mistrust towards public institutions and our political framework. The rise of disinformation demands we purposefully address the fragmentation and polarization of our societies making citizens vulnerable to propaganda.

What stake does Russia have in this hybrid warfare aimed at weakening internal cohesions? And how can we equip our citizens in their quest for public truth seeking in the (dis)information age?

Experts from the USA and from the German media will be discussing these questions during the three-day conference.

Truth and Deception: Making Democracies Fit for the Age of Disinformation hosted by Deutsche-Amerikanisches Institute Heidelberg