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Event: #DisinfoWeek June 29, 2017 – 9:00 am

Jessikka Aro, speaking at #DisinfoWeek

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators
Washington, DC


Welcome and Introduction
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Opening Keynote
9:10 – 9:45 a.m.

Senator Chris Murphy
US Senator for Connecticut
US Senate

Senator Rob Portman
US Senator for Ohio
US Senate

Panel 1: Russia’s Information War in Europe: Undermining Democratic Values
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Mr. Boris Reitschuster
Former Head, MoscowBureau
FOCUS Online

Ambassador Kurt Volker
Executive Director
The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Mr. Benjamin Haddad
Research Fellow
Hudson Institute

Ambassador Daniel Fried
Distinguished Senior Fellow,
Future Europe Initiative and Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council

Moderated by:
Ms. Laura Jewett
Regional Director, Eurasia
National Democratic Institute

Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Panel 2: Responding to Digital Disinformation
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Ms. Susan Glasser
Chief International Affairs Columnist

Congressman Will Hurd
23rd Congressional District of Texas

US House of Representatives

Dr. Jennifer Lambert
Deputy Director, Office of Analytics, Bureau of International Information Programs
US Department of State

Mr. Clinton Watts
Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security
George Washington University

Moderated by:
Dr. Alina Polyakova
Director of Research, Europe and Eurasia
Atlantic Council

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Secretary Madeleine K. Albright
National Democratic Institute

Moderated by:
Mr. Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

Panel 3: The Unlikely Resister: Learning from Ukraine’s Experience with Fake News
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Simon Ostrovsky
CNN Investigations

Mr. Dmytro Potekhin
Founder,; CEO

Mr. Yevhen Fedchenko

Moderated by:
Ms. Myroslava Gongadze
Ukraine Chief
Voice of America

Panel 4: Striking Back I: Strategies of Resistance From the Front Line States
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Mr. Mikael Tofvesson
Head of the Global Monitoring and Analysis Section
MSB, Sweden

Mr. Thomas Elkjer Nissen
Special Consultant
Royal Danish Defence College

Ms. Jessikka Aro

Moderated by:
Mr. Aaron Korewa
Project Coordinator, Decision Theater
McCain Institute for International Leadership

Panel 5: Striking Back II: Strategies of Resistance From the Front Line States
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Mr. Jakub Janda
Head, Kremlin Watch Program
European Values Think Tank

Ms. Rasa Juknevičienė
Deputy Chair of National Security and Defence Committee
Republic of Lithuania

Mr. Roman Shutov
Program Director
Detector Media

Moderated by:
Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin
Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council

Panel 6: The Future of Political Warfare
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Mr. David McAllister MEP
Head of the Committee of Foreign Relations
European Parliament

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow
Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Mr. Matt Olsen
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security; Former Director
National Counterterrorism Center

Moderated by:
Ms. Geysha Gonzalez
Associate Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Closing Remarks
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Nico Lange
Head, Washington Office

Event Reception 
Embassy of Lithuania to the United States
2622 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
6:30 p.m.
RSVP at by June 27
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On June 29, the Atlantic Council and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung will host a high level conference in DC featuring  panels on the threat of Russian influence in Europe, the next frontier in digital disinformation, and how to strike back.

International media coverage of “fake news” in the 2016 US presidential election has dramatically increased international attention on the role of digital disinformation in elections. While attention has focused on the influence of Russia’s propaganda efforts in the US and Europe, the problem is much broader. Disinformation is a global challenge that will require new coalitions, tools, and strategies to address it.

#DisinfoWeek is a week long set of strategic dialogues on how to collectively address the global challenge of disinformation. The conference will convene both US and European policymakers, tech companies, civil society, and members of think tanks, academia, and media.

Join the discussion at #DisinfoWeek

Co-hosted by:
Atlantic Council

#DisinfoWeek Partners:
National Democratic Institute
Stanford University
The McCain Institute for International Leadership
University of Oxford

On Twitter? Follow @ACEurasia @KASonline and use #DisinfoWeek


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