09:00 2017 liepos mėn. 6 d.

Konferencijos „The Riga StratCom Dialogue. Perception matters“ tiesioginė transliacija (0)

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2017 liepos mėn. 6 d. 09:00

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Liepos 6 d.

9:00 - 10:30 Journalism – The Truth about Telling the Truth

Ironically, the conviction that we are now in a ‘post-truth’ world has become a perceived fact. It is widely argued that this is a world where facts no longer matter as much as emotions and personal beliefs, a world in which lies and manipulation have replaced truth and objectivity. The blame for this state of affairs has been laid mostly on social media. However, with the consolidation of media corporations and the quest to maximise profits, these issues affect the entire media sector – from broadcast to radio to print media.

This panel will address, among others, the following questions: Is “post-truth reality” an alarming fact or a fashionable buzzword? Social media as a primary news source – is “copy-paste” journalism the right approach to building the future of media? Informative vs Sensational – does the truth still matter in tabloid style journalism? A higher purpose or just a money making enterprise – is the “fourth estate” still able to embody democratic values?

Speakers:

Dr Stephen J. A.Ward, University of British Columbia-Vancouver, Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics

Ms Päivi Anttikoski, Former Editor in Chief of digital content in Helsingin Sanomat

Ms Cécile Mégie, Director, Radio France Internationale

Moderated by Mr Brian Whitmore, Senior Russia analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

11:00 - 12:30 Countering Violent Extremism Through Communication

Contemporary extremism has its roots in various ideologies. These ideologies are driven by political and religious forms of identity which are, in turn, shaped by historical narratives. The connection of extreme ideologies and violence creates challenges and poses a serious threat to global security. This leads us to the question of whether we can challenge the ideology – and the narrative – in order to counter the violence.

Charismatic leaders, as well as their supporters have left an imprint on the cognitive space of society and led to behavioural changes in susceptible audiences. In addition, an operative understanding of the information environment has allowed extremists to circulate their narratives globally in a very short timeframe.

Our opponents are using communication to challenge us, so should we be following suit? This panel will address how strategic communication could be a solution to reducing the desired effects of violent extremism. Can communication be the tool to counter the powerful narratives of extremists?

Speakers:

Prof Hassan Abbas, Professor and Chair of the Department of Regional and Analytical Studies at National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs in Washington, DC

Dr Anne Speckhard, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry

H.E. Mr Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director, Hedayah, The International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism

Dr Kacper Rekawek, Head of Defence and Security Programme, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Moderated by Mr Jonathan Russell, Executive Director, Quilliam Global

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Terminator Meets Asimov – The Impact of Robotisation on our Freedom and Society

Technology is shaping our environment more rapidly than ever before. We live in a vastly expanded information space, where smart technology extends into our cars, drones, and fridges. As a result, individuals and states and everything in between must come to grips with this reality. Automated systems will not only perform pre-programmed actions but also independently judge which action is appropriate. These intelligent systems are changing the power structures between corporations, governments, and electorates.

This panel will examine how machine learning and sensor technologies can help improve security and make life more fun, whilst also evaluating the costs of such technological advancements. Can society and mankind adapt to the pace of technological change? How can the challenges of new technology be mitigated? Indeed, should they be mitigated?

Speakers:

Dr Christopher Kutarna, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford & University of Technology, Sydney

Mr Jason Schenker, President, Prestige Economics, Chairman, The Futurist Institute

Dr Andrea Salvatori, Labour Economist ELS/Skills and Employability, OECD in Paris

Mr Mikko Hyppönen, worldwide authority on computer security and the Chief Research Officer of F-Secure

Moderated by Prof John Naughton, Senior Research Fellow, CRASSH, University of Cambridge

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30 The Art of Using Art

Throughout history, art has been an impactful means of communication linking aesthetic, emotional, cognitive and semantic dimensions. The subjective nature of information at the moment of creation, as well as the subjective interpretation of the end-product by the consumer, ensures the ability of the creator to steer the artistic process to a desired end-state. Communication streams encoded in the artistic processes of the digital era have brought new opportunities and challenges both to creators as well as consumers.

This panel will primarily address the question of the limitations, rules and possible future scenarios for the role of art in strategic communication. It will also examine, at a more fundamental level, how the emotional vibrations of art can be channeled into powerful cognitive messages.

Speakers:

Prof David Welsh, Kent University

Prof Andris Teikmanis, Pro-rector in Study and Research Work, Art Academy of Latvia

Dr Ave Randviir-Vellamo, Freelance researcher, WorldCompliance a LexisNexis Company, The Search Group (Global) Limited, Tampere University

Mr Sam Viviano, American cartoonist and caricaturist, art-director of MAD magazine

Moderated by Mr Richard Clay, Professor of Digital Humanities and AHRC Commons Leadership Fellow, Newcastle University

17:30 - 18:00 Closing Remarks

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