15/04/2021

WEASA Workshop: “Humans and technology”

The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) recently held a special online workshop titled: “Humans and technology”. The workshop was conducted by Łukasz Król – a Digital Security Specialist and the 2021 WEASA programme designer.   The workshop provided participants a basic introduction to WEASA, the themes covered during this year’s academy and discussed the role that technology […]

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08/04/2021

Recruitment open for WEASA 2021 – Apply now!

We are very pleased to announce that recruitment for the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2021 edition is now open!  This year’s theme is: “Whose technology? Whose interests? Power and influence in the digital age”  WEASA is a summer offer of two-week classes addressed to experts – such as analysts, political advisors, think thank and NGO employees, civil servants, and journalists – coming from […]

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10/07/2020

WEASA day 6 – digital security

For the final day of the WEASA core sessions, participants learned all about digital security. This included an introduction to encrypted messaging, secure browsing, and overall security practices. The afternoon session included a long discussion on the ways in which we pick our digital security tools and services. What does trust mean? What questions can […]

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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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