Truth and Deception

  • Making Democracies Fit for the Age of Disinformation
  • Conference

In this turbulent age of fundamental challenges for our democratic societies, the ground is being laid for widespread disinformation campaigns. By strategically targeting already existing grievances, these sow confusion, concern and mistrust towards public institutions and our political framework. The rise of disinformation demands we purposefully address the fragmentation and polarization of our societies making citizens vulnerable to propaganda.

What stake does Russia have in this hybrid warfare aimed at weakening internal cohesions? And how can we equip our citizens in their quest for public truth seeking in the (dis)information age?

Experts from the USA and from the German media will be discussing these questions during the three-day conference.



Friday, October 5th, public evening program from 8 p.m.

Opening: Andrew Denison (Transatlantic Networks)


Saturday, October 6th, public program from 10 a.m.

Nicco Mele (Harvard University)
Ian McCulloh (Johns Hopkins University)
Nina Jankowicz (The Wilson Center)

Andrew Denison (Transatlantic Networks)

Bret Schafer (The German Marshall Fund of the United States)
Jessikka Aro (Finnish Broadcasting Company)
Anneli Ahonen (East Stratcom Task Force, EEAS)


Sunday, October 7th, public program from 11 a.m.

Press Panel: Democracy Hijacked?! Manipulation of public opinion in the digital age 

Steffen Dobbert (Zeit Online)
Boris Reitschuster (Ost-West)
Jürn Kruse (taz)
Kristin Becker (SWR)

Andrew Denison (Transatlantic Networks)

Ticket Prices (plus fees)

Regular price 8 €
Reduced price 5 €
Member price 4 €

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