On the fifth day of WEASA, participants met up with Dr Nad’a Kovalčíková, who currently works at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the Brussels offices of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. This gave them a great chance to learn more about the fight against state-based disinformation, authoritarian interference, and the steps that we can take to make our societies more resilient to such threats.

The first part of the day consisted of a lecture, which gave a thorough theoretical introduction to the topic, combined with a Q&A session. In the latter half, participants took part in a workshop discussion, looking at the various ways in which they could strengthen their respective societies as to make them less vulnerable to disinformation and other forms of interference.