National Security, Fake News, and Strategic Communications in the Digital Era

National Security, Fake News, and Strategic Communications in the Digital Era

Dates: November 12 and 19, 2020

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The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) cordially invites you to the second annual international conference of the Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy in an Era of-Truth and Fake News.

The event will be held on 2 separate dates – November 12 and November 19, 2020 – and will be broadcast live on the INSS website and on the Institute’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages.

12 November 2020 (with KCSC)

15:45 Fireside chat with Michael Rich, president of the RAND Corporation | in English

16:00 Panel – Disinformation in 2020: Actors, Threats and Solutions | in English

Chair: Brigadier General (Ret.) Itai Brun, Deputy Director, Research and Analysis VP, INSS


  • Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School
  • Nina Jankowicz, Fellow at Wilson Center and author of ‘How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict’
  • Ofer Fridman, Lecturer in War Studies, and the Director of Operations, King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC).
  • Aengus Bridgman, Political behaviour researcher, research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
  • Tehila Shwartz Altshuler, Senior Fellow and Head of the Democracy in the Information Age Project at IDI
  • Alicia Wanless, Director of the Partnership for Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for international peace
  • Ohad Zaidenberg, CTI League Founder and Executive, Lead Cyber Intelligence Researcher at ClearSky
  • Noam Manella, Social networks consciousness researcher, speaker, MBA lecturer and author
  • William Marcelino, Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist and Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School

18:00 Memory Construction and Strategic Communications | in English

Chair: Dr. Neville Bolt, Director, KCSC.


  • Elīna Lange-Ionatamišvili, Senior Expert, NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom CoE), Riga, Latvia.
  • Dr .Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, Director, Brazil Institute, King’s College London.
  • Dr .Vera Michlin-Shapir, Institute of Modern Russia (IMR).
  • Dr. Andrea Ellner, Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London.
  • Prof. Gad Yair – The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University

19 November 2020

15:45 Fireside chat with Dror Shalom, former Head of Analysis Division, Israeli Military Intelligence, IDF | in Hebrew

16:00 Panel – How to Detect Fake News? Tools and Methods for Spotting Lies | in Hebrew

18:00 Panel – The New Superpowers: Tech Giants as National Security Players | in English

The Institute for National Security Studies launches and engages in innovative, relevant, high-quality research that shapes the public discourse of issues on Israel’s national security agenda, and provides policy analysis and recommendations to decision-makers, public leaders, and the strategic community, both in Israel and abroad. As part of its mission, it is committed to encourage new ways of thinking and expand the traditional contours of establishment analysis.

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