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Workshop | Navigating Cybersecurity and Disinformation Challenges

From Thursday January 18, 2024 at 15:00, to Friday January 19, 2024 at 13:00
Room 23.103 (First Floor). Mercè Rodoreda 24 Building. UPF Ciutadella


Thursday 18 January 2024

15:00 - Introduction and Keynote speech
Jacint Jordana (IBEI)
Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués (IBEI)

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE: Disinformation Order: AI, Truth and the Future of World Affairs
Juan Luis Manfredi (Universidad Castilla-La Mancha / Georgetown University).

15:45 - Panel 1: Foreign powers and strategies of hybrid interference
Chair and Discussant: Carme Colomina (CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs).

  • Foreign powers and strategies of hybrid interference — Guillem Colom-Piella (Universidad Pablo de Olavide).
  • China’s digital public diplomacy regarding the Russian-Ukrainian War: forging another opinion of geopolitical conflict in Eastern Europe — Huang Zhao Alexandre (Université Paris Nanterre).
  • Russia’s Hybrid Interference Campaigns in France, Germany and the UK: A Challenge against Trust in Liberal Democracies? — Eugene Kondratov (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). 

17:15 - Coffee break

17:30 - Panel 2: Cybersecurity
Chair and Discussant: Robert Kissack (IBEI).

  • Current trends and threats in cybercrime. How cybercrime organizations and states are related — Josep Pegueroles (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya- IBEI).
  • Taking back control: re-assembling the security governance of 5G telecommunication network in the Netherlands — David Snetselaar (Utrecht University).
  • Hybrid threats need hybrid solutions: insights from UK offensive cyber operations — Tim Stevens (King’s College London).

Friday 19 January 2024

09:00 - Panel 3: Disinformation
Chair and Discussant: Juan Pablo Soriano Gatica (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona-IBEI).

  • Russian disinformation’s impact on Western public opinion through TV shows: The case of Italy — Matteo Pugliese (Universitat de Barcelona).
  • Fabricating a war? Russian (dis) information on Ukraine — Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués (IBEI).
  • Russian government’s representations of the European Union in the context of the war in Ukraine — Irina Khayrizamanova (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).

10:30 - Coffee break

11:00 - Panel 4: Institutional responses to cyberattacks and (dis)information campaigns (EU and NATO)
Chair and Discussant: Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués (IBEI).

  • Digital resilience: EU’s response to hybrid threat — Elena Simanschi (IBEI-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).
  • Disinformation and NATO: A Study in Failure — Jeffrey H. Michaels (IBEI-Institut d’Estudis Nord-americans / NATO Defence College).

12:30 - Final remarks
Elena Simanschi (IBEI-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).
Eugene Kondratov (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).


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