Virtual activity: Strategic Communication to Counter Security Threats in the Disinformation Era – C2 MVNIA

Categories: CRESCEnt, Disinformation
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C2 – June 7-11, 2021

The culture of communications is changing at a rapid pace, driven by the power of the internet and social networks. The digital communication environment, with its remarkable advantages and opportunities, also provides opportunities to different actors for conducting malicious influencing activities, divide societies, erode democratic values and sow distrust in our institutions. Users are encouraged to create personal echo chambers at the expense of information pluralism and to move away from reliable and credible news reporting and sound journalist analysis.

The virtual activity aims to increase the key knowledge and competencies of institutional spokespersons and journalists (including young professionals in journalism and related disciplines/areas) in the field of security and defence and in relation to strategic communication and news reporting on security threats.

Agenda

  1. Monday 7/6. Synchronous activities by videoconference [9:00-13:45]
    • Virtual learning activity introduction. What is CRESCEnt?
    • Section 1. Evaluating Online Information: Logical Fallacies
    • Section 2. Spot the Fakes
    • Individual assignment for learners
  2. Tuesday 8/6. Synchronous activities by videoconference [9:00-11:00]
    • Section 3. New technologies and disinformation. The threat of deep fakes
    • Individual assignment for learners
  3. Wednesday 9/6. Self-pace activities
    • Section 4. Addressing the challenge of fake news, disinformation, and covert influence in the Digital Era
    • Individual assignment for learners
  4. Thursday 10/6. Self-pace activities 
    • Section 5. Advanced Analytic and Critical Thinking Toolkit
    • Individual assignment for learners
  5. Friday 11/6.  Self-pace activities and synchronous activities by videoconference
    • Section 6. Countering disinformation with professional and ethical journalism: hands-on hard news reporting and analysis journalism (Self-pace)
    • Individual assignment for learners
    • Final Virtual learning activity (Synchronous activities) [10:30-11:00]

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Note: All times are indicated in CET time (Central European Time)

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Strategic partnership project within ERASMUS+ Program AGREEMENT NO. – 2018-1-RO01-KA202-049449 – The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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What Will You Learn?

  • Analyze the key concepts related to communication processes: disinformation, misinformation, propaganda, covert influencing, digital active measures, strategic communication, and hybrid threats.
  • Acquire competencies and analytic tools in order to evaluate information sources and contents, and critically address the consumption of information in traditional media and social media channels.
  • Plan strategic communication campaigns with a particular focus on tackling security threats.
  • Understand the importance of sound and responsible journalist practices, and of bridging the gap between media professionals and institutional strategic communicators in case of security threats, for addressing the challenge of fakes news and deliberate disinformation activities.

Course Content

Virtual learning activity introduction
What is Crescent? Virtual learning activity, objectives, outcomes, activities

Section 1. Evaluating Online Information: Logical Fallacies

Section 2. Spot the Fakes

Section 3. New technologies and disinformation. The threat of deep fakes

Section 4. Addressing the challenge of fake news, disinformation, and covert influence in the Digital Era

Section 5. Advanced Analytic and Critical Thinking Toolkit

Section 6. Countering disinformation with professional and ethical journalism
Hands-on hard news reporting and analysis journalism

Conclusions and feedback. Farewell