Applications for WEASA 2018 are now open and will close on March 11th at 23:59 CET. To apply, please familiarise yourself with the application requirements and log in here.
Programme and topics
WEASA 2018 will give us a great chance to think about how digital tools are transforming our social and political lives. We will think about topics such as:
- Information, disinformation, and journalism in a digital era: Russian disinformation, bots, and fake news continue to dominate the headlines. At the same time, print revenues are falling, as is much public trust in journalism. WEASA 2018 lecturers and participants alike will discuss how best to tackle such issues
- Social media and democracy: We get much of our news from social media, but there are far too few conversations about such access is mediated through algorithms and social media firms’ internal rules. We will sit down at WEASA 2018 to talk about issues related to disinformation, content moderation, and maybe even the power and influence of social media algorithms
- Information security and cybersecurity: WEASA 2018 will look at two dimensions of information security and cybersecurity: the personal and the institutional. We hope to teach all participants how they can secure their own communications while also discussing how large entities, such as governments, approach this topic
Please note that those topics are very much provisional. Our final WEASA 2018 programme could still see some slight changes!
Dates and location:
WEASA 2018 will take place on July 9-20, 2018. It will be hosted by the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe (Warsaw, Poland).
Participants and eligibility:
WEASA 2018 is addressed to participants coming from a cross-section of society and specifically from public administration, academia, think-tanks, media and civil society organizations.
We welcome applicants who are citizens and residents of the Eastern Partnership and Western Balkan countries.
We typically look for mid-career professionals (usually those with at least five years of professional experience), who work as policy analysts, experts, advisers, civil servants, journalists, private sector specialists and in NGOs and are interested in WEASA related topics.
Please note that WEASA 2018 sessions will all be designed with a non-technical audience in mind – you don’t need to be a digital expert in order to sign up!