CEA Think Tank Detektor stands for freedom and democracy, and the transatlantic and global security alliance of democratic countries. CEA’s duty is to detect concrete populist driven disinformation cases. CEA strongly stands for designing promoting fact-based and data-driven policy, arguments-based rational discussions, based on strong civil virtues of enlightened open society.
Project research (EN, HR)
Disinformation as Geopolitical Risk for Transatlantic Institutions
Post-truth in the context of disinformation and a risk for fact-based policymaking (conference)
Populist Conspiracy Narratives and Other Forms of Disinformation in Croatia
Overview of the Russian disinformation narratives
Standing for clear values
Liberal democracy cannot be taken for granted. Many of its key values and institutions are at risk because of populist driven conspiracy narratives, irrational demagogy and repeated lies. This way, disinformation affects the long-term destiny of market-oriented reforms, free enterprise system, economic development and security, position of minorities, rule of law, as well as the EU-NATO led liberal international order of global democracies. Disinformation undermine public trust in important values of open societies and creates divisions within democracies.
EU & NATO policy
In order to combat this problem, the European Commission’s Action plan against Disinformation provides policy guidelines for the EU and its member states. Policy area relevant for this project is „Raising awareness and improving societal resilience“, focused on better understanding of the disinformation sources, specialized trainings, debates, supporting independent media, quality journalism and media literacy skills, supporting multidisciplinary teams of fact-checkers and researchers, cross-border cooperation and functional European network of fact checkers.
Furthermore, the European Commission’s European Democracy Action Plan strives to counter disinformation across the EU by empowering the EU citizens to make informed decisions, mostly through education and media literacy. The plan also envisages promoting free and fair elections, media freedom and political advertising transparency. All these policies are needed to defend the stability of democratic institutions and European values, including freedom of expression.
The Brussels Summit confirmed the NATO policy on disinformation. NATO continues to guarantee individual liberty, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Russia poses as a threat to Euro-Atlantic security, while China’s ambitions are a systemic challenge. Therefore, NATO is concerned with increased cyber and hybrid threats, and disinformation campaigns.