10 juil 2022

Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2022

A partir de 09/07 till 17/07
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus

From 10 to 18 July 2022, the College of Europe in Natolin, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) will organize the 10th edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA). This year's theme is:

"Information war and the new geopolitical reality"

WEASA is a summer program addressed to experts – such as analysts, political advisors, think thank and NGO employees, civil servants, and journalists – coming from Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans countries, and Poland

The 10th edition of WEASA will address two broad themes in connection with Russia's war against Ukraine: 1) the information war which was taking place before, during, and will take place after the physical war; and 2) the new geopolitical reality in which we now find itself as a result of the war.

The morning of 24 February 2022, which saw the dramatic escalation of the war in Ukraine with Russia's unprovoked mass invasion, has ushered in a new era of geopolitics for the region and the world. This aggression has demonstrated that conflict occurs not only in the physical space but also, to a large extent, in the cyber and informational space. Unlike ever before, the online sphere is another battlefield of this war. In particular, social media has become one of the critical tools in the information space to not only spread quick news and developments but also instill panic, fear, and anger with fake news and manipulated information or doctored pictures and footage.

WEASA 2022 will take place in person, and it will discuss several topics, including:

  • Russia's war against Ukraine and the new geopolitical reality;
  • European integration and the war in Ukraine: What's next for Eastern Partnership?;
  • European integration and the war in Ukraine: What next for Western Balkans?;
  • Media literacy and resilience towards disinformation;
  • Open Source Intelligence and Investigations;
  • Personal digital security;
  • How social media companies are responding to the war?;
  • Citizen journalism / what is it, and how does it works?;
  • Surveillance technologies as a threat to democracy?;
  • The role of NATO in fighting disinformation.

The preliminary agenda of WEASA 2022 can be found here

For more information, please visit www.weasa.org or write to contact@weasa.org.

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