09/07/2020

WEASA day 5 – the fight against disinformation

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 […]

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08/07/2020

WEASA 2020 day four: a focus on investigative journalism

On the fourth day of WEASA 2020, participants had the chance to meet with Rana Sabbagh, an experienced investigative journalist and co-founder of ARIJ. Much of the day consisted of deep conversations about the role investigative journalism plays in our modern society. Participants shared stories of investigations that had a big impact on them, and […]

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07/07/2020

Verification and geolocation classes at WEASA 2020

Day three at WEASA focused on geolocation, verification, and fact-checking. Participants met with Myriam Redondo, who taught them about tools such as reverse image searches, analysing online maps, terrain maps, satellite imagery, and more. The first part of the day consisted of a series of talks about tools. During the afternoon workshop, participants received a […]

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06/07/2020

WEASA 2020 day two: content moderation with Jillian York!

On Monday, July 6th, WEASA 2020 featured Jillian C York. Jillian, currently based at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is one of the world’s leading experts on free expression online, focusing particularly on social media moderation. That day’s WEASA session looked at how social media companies decide which content to take down and which should stay […]

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03/07/2020

WEASA 2020 opens with an inaugural talk by Peter Chase

We opened up WEASA 2020 with an inaugural talk by Peter Chase, an expert at transatlantic affairs working with the German Marshall Fund. The conversation, entitled The Digital Transatlantic Rift, looked at why the EU and US often cannot agree on matters related to digital regulation. Both sides have different legal systems, political cultures, and […]

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11/02/2020

New WEASA rules of procedure are available

We have updated the WEASA rules of procedure.   We urge all WEASA applicants to familiarise themselves with the rules – available here – before applying.

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09/10/2019

We have selected the winners of our WEASA 2019 small grants programme!

After a lengthy selection process, we have selected the winners of the WEASA 2019 small grants programme! The following projects will receive funding:   An analysis of Russia’s Disinformation and Propaganda Campaign within the framework of 2019 Parliamentary Election and Union State integration processes in Belarus The publishing of a textbook entitled Soft Power in […]

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24/07/2019

WEASA 2019 – week two!

We hit the ground running in week two. Miranda Spivack, a Fulbright Scholar and investigative journalist who worked at outlets such as the Washington Post, provided us with an in-depth view of journalism in the 21st century. We talked about how to best tackle the scourge of disinformation and fake news and improve the quality […]

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13/07/2019

WEASA 2019 – the first week

WEASA 2019’s first week has officially come to an end! We begun the week with a discussion with Dariusz Jemielniak, a Fulbright Program Alumnus and Full Professor of Management at Koźmiński University. Talks focused primarily on the wider relationship between humans and technology – to what degree will technology transform our lives in the coming […]

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10/07/2019

WEASA 2019 had its official inauguration ceremony!

This year’s WEASA opened up with a speech by Ryan Heath – one of Europe’s most recognisable political correspondents. He held a deep conversation with participants on issues as diverse as the power of big tech, regulation, algorithms, and European politics. Much of it focused on how the digital era changed the face of modern […]

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