DEBATING SECURITY PLUS IN BUENOS AIRES

Countering disinformation

06 May 2019 - 09:00 - 13:00
Introduction

Friends of Europe is delighted to be partnering with the Argentine Council for International Relations for the local launch of the 2018 Debating Security Plus (DS+) report in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the event ‘Debating Security Plus Conference on Confidence Building Measures as Part of a Strategy to Counter Fake News’.

DS+ is a unique global online brainstorm which gathers a community of experts from the world of peace, security and defence to develop sustainable solutions to some of the biggest security problems facing the world today. Its 2018 report sets out 10 top recommendations addressing practical policy goals and shifts in security thinking, underpinned by a realistic roadmap for implementation.

This event is a part of a global debate on disinformation initiated by Friends of Europe ahead of the European elections. During the coming month, disinformation and its implications for democracy are being discussed at events held in Brussels and Buenos Aires, online with our prominent community of security experts on Debating Security Plus and with the 4.9 million citizens engaging on Debating Europe.

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DS+ is an unique global online brainstorm which gathers thousands of participants from the world of peace, security and defence—and beyond—to develop sustainable solutions to some of the biggest security challenges facing the world today.
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The global security landscape is in flux. From increased tensions between NATO and Russia and ongoing difficult Brexit negotiations to China’s more assertive global stand under the consolidated leadership of President Xi Jinping, new challenges are continuously putting into question global security frameworks and approaches.

Programme
09.00

Opening remarks

Speakers:
Alfredo Morelli
, Director of CARI’s Digital Politics and Cyberspace Working Group 
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager of Peace, Security and Defence Program at Friends of Europe
 

9.30 -10.30

The political problem of fake news: Impacts and perspectives on the digital development of distrust

We live in an era where everything can be hacked. Adam Segal in his book “The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age” discussed the capacity to hack everything, even the human mind. Recent events in Catalonia, Brexit or North Macedonia, have shown that interference in democratic elections and the spread of disinformation as a political tool may have had a large impact in polarising populations and undermining faith in elites and authorities. Finding the right methords to counter the deployment of propoganga and disinformation from destabilising our open democracies demands us to understand the principles of fake news better. 

Speakers:
José Crettaz
, Director of the Communication Sciences School at the Argentine Business University (UADE) 
Fernando Ruiz, PhD. in Communication and permanent professor in the Communication School at Austral University 
Brenda Struminger, BA in Political Science and Journalist at La Nación Journal 

Moderator:
Sofía Mantilla
, Co-coordinator of CARI’s Digital Politics and Cyberspace Working Group at CARI
 

10.30

Coffee Break.

10.50 -12.00

Building trust in an opacity era: Perspectives from the Legislative Power - Latin America and the EU 

What do politicians think is the best way to build confidence and to prevent the malign use of social media and alternative media platforms? Technology is being used to distort messages and reinforce existing political tensions, which has undermined the very essence of democracy. The new tools allow for tactics used by new political actors to obtain power or sway elections. How is the EU working on countering the spread of disinformation? Is there a way to protect liberal democracy faced with different sources of political instability? How do we build trust in a time perceived as the era of post-truth? 

Speakers:
Karina Banfi
, National Deputy from Buenos Aires province (Radical Civic Union bloc of Frente Cambiemos) 
Marcelo German Wechsler, National Deputy from the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Republican Alternative Proposal bloc of Frente Cambiemos) 

Moderator:
Sebastián Vigliero
, Member of CARI’s Institute of Security and Strategic Affairs
 


 

12.00 – 13.00

Presentation of Debating Security Plus Report: Conflict, competition and cooperation in an interconnected world. 

Speakers:
Julio Hang, 
Director of CARI’s Institute of Security and Strategic Affairs 
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager of Peace, Security and Defence Program at Friends of Europe
 

13.00

Closing Remarks.

Speakers:
Antonia Erlandsson /
Head of Peace, Security and Defence Program at Friends of Europe 
Juan Battaleme / CARI’s Academic Secretary
 

13.20

Refreshments

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Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager
Email: antonia.erlandsson@friendsofeurope.org

This event is by invitation only.

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