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NATO and EU take action against fake news, propaganda and cyberattacks

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NATO and EU take action against fake news, propaganda and cyberattacks

The initiative is part of a concerted NATO and EU effort to counter so called “hybrid threats”, which include non-military cyberattacks such as spreading of misinformation, ZDnet reports. In the words of NATO, "Countering hybrid threats is a priority for NATO, as they blur the line between war and peace - combining military aggression with political, diplomatic, economic, cyber and disinformation measures”. 
 
The Centre will form a network of experts charged to research effective ways to tackle cyber attacks and propaganda, and held a first steering group meeting yesterday. Reuters reports that among the reasons for the establishment of the initiative in Finland there are its 1300 kilometres of border with Russia, accused of hybrid campaigns as far back as during the Ukraine conflict, and suspected to have interfered with US elections, and to plan similar actions around the ones upcoming in the Union. 
 
Finland will cover half of the Centre’s budget of 1,5 million euros, the rest will be contributed by members.   
 
NATO and the EU will not be signatories of the memorandum, but they will support the Centre’s activities with their expertise. The European External Action Service (EEAS) - the EU diplomatic service - welcomed the Finnish initiative as a "direct response to one of the 22 actionable proposals made in the Joint Communication "Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats - a European Union Response” adopted in April 2016.

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Elena Perotti

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2017-04-13 12:03

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