For the first time, government communicators from Bulgaria are attending the European Digital Diplomacy Exchange (EDDE) digital strategic communication training, which will take place next week from the 30th to the 31st of January, 2023, in Sofia. The event will bring together communicators from various ministries, agencies, and other state institutions. The main focus of this in-country training is the conceptualization, development and implementation of digital strategic communication practices and campaigns that were identified as necessary together with the Diplomatic Institute to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Besides that, individual consultations will be offered to the participants in the following days [...]
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1. Trends in AI from Red and Blue Team Perspectives: Synthetic Data in a Data-Driven Society vs Sentiment Analysis (NATO StratComm CoE) In today’s world, much of what we do, from exercising to texting, is measured and tracked. This data is constantly harvested by data brokers and social media to create behavioral profiles, later used by artificial intelligence (AI) powered services. The overwhelming abundance of data has ushered in an age of analytics, and the rise of AI has enabled big-data decision making. However, the training of AI models is often challenging due to a supervised training strategy that requires [...]
1. Exposure to the Russian Internet Research Agency foreign influence campaign on Twitter in the 2016 US election and its relationship to attitudes and voting behavior (Article by Gregry Eady, Tom Paskhalis, Jan Zilinsky, Richard Bonneau, Jonathan Nagler & Joshua A. Tucker) There is widespread concern that foreign actors are using social media to interfere in elections worldwide. Yet data have been unavailable to investigate links between exposure to foreign influence campaigns and political behavior. Using longitudinal survey data from US respondents linked to their Twitter feeds, we quantify the relationship between exposure to the Russian foreign influence campaign and [...]
1. War And Propaganda (RFE/RL) Following Russian setbacks in its bloody bid to subjugate Ukraine, is the propaganda changing? And why is Putin avoiding holding one of his big image-making exercises, the annual press conference? Ian Garner, an author and expert on Russian war propaganda, joins host Steve Gutterman to discuss. 2. 2022 at the DFRLab: a year in review (DFRLab) The DFRLab covered an extraordinary amount of ground over the last twelve months, publishing more than 200 investigations, case studies, and monitoring reports, as well as hosting our signature events 360/Open Summit and 360 Stratcom. And behind the scenes, [...]
Looking back: 1. These are The Economist’s best books of 2022 (The Economist) Their subjects include financial scandals, a witness to the Holocaust and cell theory. 2. Year in Search (Google) See what Google Trends reveal about the questions we shared, the people who inspired us, and the moments that captured the world’s attention each year. 3. Reuters 2022 Year in Review (Reuters) As 2022 draws to a close, explore Reuters' round-up of news stories that dominated the year 4. The best films of 2022 (The Economist) As well as Hollywood blockbusters, this year’s list includes French, Indian, Iranian, Irish and [...]
1. Welcome to Digital Nomadland (Wired) A Portuguese island created a village for remote workers, promising community to the newcomers and prosperity to the locals—then delivered on neither. 2. Big Tech Laid Off Thousands. Here’s Who Wants Them Next (Wired) Governments, nonprofits, and small startups hope to scoop up people let go by the likes of Meta and Amazon. It’s their big chance to lure top-tier talent. 3. Ten Lessons from the Return of History (Council of Foreign Relations) Few will miss 2022, a year defined by a lingering pandemic, advancing climate change, galloping inflation, slowing economic growth, and, more [...]
1. 2022 Twiplomacy World Leader Power Ranking (Twiplomacy) 2022 has been a year of change for world leaders and #Twitter. As longstanding analysts of #DigitalDiplomacy, we’ve kept a watchful eye to understand who and what drives influence on Twitter 2. The Supply of Disinformation Will Soon Be Infinite (The Atlantic) Disinformation campaigns used to require a lot of human effort, but artificial intelligence will take them to a whole new level. 3. Semi-State Actors in Cybersecurity (Book by Florian J. Egloff) In Semi-State Actors in Cybersecurity, Florian J. Egloff argues that political relations in cyberspace fundamentally involve concurrent collaboration and [...]
1. Report: Stronger digital voices from Africa: Building African digital foreign policy and diplomacy (Diplo) This study provides a snapshot of Africa’s digital diplomacy by examining the holistic representations of national and continental interests in the digital realm. In addition to the role of official diplomacy, this study also looks at the roles of tech developers, businesses, local communities, and others with the necessary skills and expertise for participation in international digital policy. 2. An AI named Cicero can beat humans in Diplomacy, a complex alliance-building game. Here's why that's a big deal (UNSW Sydney) Now, before you get too [...]
On 28 and 29 November 2022, the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) in the scope of the project European Digital Diplomacy Exchange (EDDE) conducted a training in North Macedonia, aimed at bolstering capacities of their strategic government communication capacities. The training brought together government communicators, coming from different state institutions. Fully packed agenda aimed at strengthening their skills to be better prepared for the fast-paced and ever-changing digital communication environment. At the beginning of the training, we were addressed by H.E. Ms Angela Agler, U.S. Ambassador to North Macedonia and Mr Bojan Maricikj, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs [...]
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