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October 2, 2018  |  Updated October 22, 2018

#StratComDC – Maria Ressa on “Fighting Back with Data”

By Michael Newton

Ms. Maria Ressa, President, Rappler discusses her experience founding the online news site Rappler in the Philippines. Ms. Ressa delivered her remarks as part of the Atlantic Council’s #StratComDC event.

State and non-state actors’ interference in the US and European elections, as well as use of social media platforms to spread false narratives and manipulate the political discourse, have jolted US and European policy-makers into action. Yet, while Western democracies are slowly crafting their response, disinformation campaigns threaten to distort elections worldwide. In response to this growing threat, the Atlantic Council hosted StratCom in Washington, DC, to bring together key stakeholders, researchers, government officials, and civil society to disseminate best practices among the global community. The event addressed the tools and methods used by both state and non-state actors to spread disinformation, target elections, and new technologies aimed at destabilizing democracies worldwide.

You can find a full list of speakers here.