08 January 2020 16:31 To:
Speaking invitation: EU conference on disinformation, Jan. 30-31
So here is the invitation for the conference, and very initial draft programmes for the January 29 internal
part and January 30-31 event.
All the best,
Please allow me to approach you with a very short notice invitation:
The European External Action Service's (EEAS) Strategic Communications team and its East
Stratcom Task Force, with the support of Commission Vice President Vera Jourova, are organising
a conference on disinformation and hostile foreign influence entitled "Disinfo Horizon: Responding
to Future Threats". The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 30-31 January.
The conference will assess the evolution of the global disinformation challenge, specifically with an
eye to mapping future threats and diagnosing areas of vulnerability, as well as identifying new
solutions. It will comprise two parts: 1) a general conference with panel discussions and
workshops, aimed at institutional actors and the community of interest, and 2) a structured table-
top exercise with a select group of experts on brainstorming future threats and responses, which
will be led by
from the Carnegie Endowment and Lund University. The expert
contributions and outcomes of the TTX will subsequently feed into a broader report coordinated by
the EEAS that will provide recommendations for the EU's Democracy Action Plan and
development of common standards around disinformation.
We would be honoured to invite you for both parts of this event, specifically to speak on a panel
devoted to evaluating the state of play on the disinformation challenge. We would also be most
grateful for your participation in the TTX on the second day of the conference.
All costs related to your attendance will be covered by the European Commission, including
accommodation, daily allowance, and travel to and from Brussels (economy class).
We are aware that this invitation comes at very short notice, and therefore thank you very much in
advance for your understanding and consideration! Hoping to hear from you soon,
With best regards,
Tentative Program Summary: DAY 1: INTERNAL TRAINING
8:20 – 8:30 Arrival at EEAS
8:30 – 9:00 Light breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome remarks
Head of the East Stratcom Task Force)
Part I: Back to Basics
9:10 – 9:45 EUvsDisinfo in 2020: Priorities and planned activities
9:45 – 10:30 EUvsDisinfo database and editorial guidelines
10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:15 Media Monitors, Disinformation Experts, and Data Analysts: What have we
learned in 2019?
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch Part II: Going Underground
13:00 – 14:00 Experts meet experts: Three separate regional discussions for East, South, and
14:00 – 15:00 Exchanging experiences of working in the disinformation environment
15:00 – 15:15 Working with data (data analysis presentation)
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break Part III: The Big Picture
15:30 – 16:45 Interactive fun exercise (TBD,
16:45 – 17:00 Coffee break