|– Fake news spreads 70% faster than real news, and new real-time information channels such as social media facilitate the efficiency of their transmission.|
|– Romania is in the last places in a European ranking conducted in April 2021 on vulnerability to false news and young people are more prone to be affected by false news.|
|– Testing the degree of permeability to misinformation campaigns among young people|
|– Checking knowledge about international organizations|
|– Development of the critical apparatus|
|– Correct information on international organizations|
|– Assessing the measures already taken by online platforms, media outlets, and civil society organizations to combat the spread of false news in the online environment|
|– Online questionnaire to test knowledge about IO and the risk of being fooled by disinformation|
|– Development and distribution of innovative materials specific to the online environment – (Tips for detecting fake news (1), infographics, use trustworthy sources)|
|– Student workshop – contest (new quiz )|
|– Romania’s membership in NATO / EU|
|– The role of NATO / EU at a global level|
|– NATO / EU partnership|
|– NATO summits and exercises|
|– EU meetings|
|– How do we recognize misinformation|
|– How to inform ourselves correctly|
|– Examples of news that contain misinformation|
On Friday, November 19, SNSPA organized the BSC Dialogues workshop to analyze the geopolitical and political challenges in Central and Southeast Europe and the implications of COVID-19 in the region. The event was held in English and was structured in two sessions:
- Special Roundtable: Eastern and Central Europe in the new strategic and geopolitical environment
- New challenges in times of Covid-19 – Political and Communication Threats in Eastern Europe
Speakers addressed tensions in the region between Russia and members of the North Atlantic Alliance and the need for a strategy to manage the challenges in the Black Sea area. Russia considers the Black Sea an area of strategic interest, which gives it access to security priorities and lines of interest in other regions such as the Mediterranean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Although in recent years NATO has initiated the Enhanced Forward Presence and intensified the number of exercises, speakers stressed the need to continue to promote a common understanding of security challenges and perceptions.
Another topic was the impact of disinformation campaigns on the pandemic. The speakers presented the results of research on online communication, more precisely in the space of social networks, of sociological studies aimed at trusting Romanians in countries and international leaders, shared values and public perception of misinformation and fake news, as well as data on increasing populism in the region.
The event gathered security and defense experts and political scientists from Central and Eastern Europe and the United States. We will present the results of the workshop during the sixth edition of the Bucharest Security Conference, an event postponed for the spring of 2022.
On 19th of November 2021 SNSPA will organize BSC DIALOGUES online, aiming to analyse the new strategic and geopolitical environment in Eastern and Central Europe, under the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.
The event will be held online, on the Webex platform and you can register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, due to the developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Romania, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration has decided to postpone the Bucharest Security Conference (BSC) until the spring of 2022.
For BSC, aiming to consolidate its network of experts on security and defence, it was felt that meeting each other in a physical format is one of the key ingredients for a successful conference. The current developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic could not provide sufficient certainty about the feasibility of a hybrid event, gathering both in-person and online interventions.
With this in mind, we will continue to monitor closely the developments of this situation and keep everyone informed about the new dates for the sixth edition of the conference.
We will organize however an online workshop on the same date, aiming to analyze the new strategic and geopolitical environment in Central and South-Eastern Europe, under the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic.