Countering disinformation

06 May 2019 - 09:00 - 13:00

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.

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.


Opening remarks 

9.30 -10.30

The political problem of fake news: Impacts and perspectives on the digital development of the 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 methods to counter the deployment of propaganda and disinformation from destabilising our open democracies demands us to understand the principles of fake news better.


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? 

12.00 – 13.00

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


Closing Remarks.


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Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Manager

This event is by invitation only.

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