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.

Considering this mission, CEA is a partner of the The Coalition for a World Security Community, and supports efforts of the Alliance of DemocraciesEuropean Values Center for Security Policy, as well as other organizations and potential partners.

CEA is working on new research concerning the geopolitical risks of disinformation for the transatlantic (EU & NATO) institutions, while CEA’s previous analysis includes
Populist Conspiracy Narratives and Other Forms of Disinformation in Croatia
Overview of the Russian disinformation narratives

Dezinformacije se najbolje šire kroz populizam
Postoji li kriza liberalne demokracije?

CEA Think Tank Detektor project is committed to continue with deeper analysis of disinformation activities which have mainly been backed by the authoritarian regimes from Russia and China, including its proxies. This geopolitical risk also has a regional context within the South Eastern Europe which is under growing influence of these two global powers.

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 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.

Policy responses include supporting media, fact-checkers, academia and civil society in detecting disinformation via multi-stakeholder approach; establishing transparent collaboration between fact-checkers and online platforms, increasing transparency of algorithms on online platforms; developing accountability standards for recommender and content ranking systems; supporting schools with education on critical thinking, digital and media literacy, as well as civic education for democracy; involving journalists in media literacy activities; reducing economic incentives for spreading disinformation and imposing costs on states that conduct disinformation campaigns; limiting artificial amplification of disinformation campaigns and to ensure effective data disclosure for research on disinformation.