What we do
- Operational monitoring & analysis of disinformation
Our team monitors & analyses disinformation stories on daily basis, observing trends, exposing them when pertinent and conducting fact-checking and myth-busting in the public debate. We often find consequential instances of disinformation or identify actively evolving campaigns and work in close liaison the national press and government authorities to keep them informed.
- Weekly reports on Czech disinformation samples to the EEAS Disinformation Review
Our team is the most active contributor to the EEAS East STRATCOM network, which produces the Disinformation Review. We have provided hundreds of disinformation samples, and thanks to our efforts, the Czech disinformation community is one of the most research-intensive in Europe.
- Weekly Kremlin Watch Briefing to keep the European policy community updated
Since early 2016, our team produces the Kremlin Watch Briefing. This bi-weekly product consists of our report on the latest academic studies, counter-efforts by allied institutions and best expert commentaries of the week. It currently reaches over 7000 policy analysts and practitioners throughout NATO member countries.
- Development & advising for democratic policy responses at the tactical and strategic levels
Our team dedicates significant resources to developing policy responses that democratic states should employ in order to counter hostile the disinformation activities of foreign powers. We are the official consulting body for Czech Interior Ministry within the Czech Review of National Security. The Czech Republic is setting up a new Hybrid Threat Centre, operating on basis of one of our recommendations. In 2016, the German Federal Academy for Security Policy tasked us with developing policy recommendations as a follow-up to the “Lisa Case”. Our experts advise members of parliament, allied security forces & intelligence agencies on an informal basis. Since 2016, out team has been asked to deliver briefings in over 15 countries from Washington D.C. to Singapore. We also providing skill building and knowledge-based training for various government authorities.
- Educational activities for general public & training for practitioners
Our experts speak at public debates, lectures at workshops for students, teachers, and journalists. We cooperate with schools in Czech regions on public lectures on this topic as part of our Educational.
- Public and behind-closed-door advocacy for awareness of disinformation efforts in the media and at the policy-maker level
One of our biggest projects is advocating for counter-disinformation efforts to be taken as a serious security threat. As of spring 2016, the entirety of the Czech security-related cabinet is in agreement that Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation efforts must be seriously countered. Working closely with government, the Kremlin Watch Program is the most influential body operating in the area of disinformation in the Czech Republic. Our experts speak to varied media outlets weekly basis, and our work has most notably been covered in Politico, France 24, and the New York Times.
- We organize various online & offline platforms for the Czech and European community for countering disinformation
In recent years, we have organized numerous events and run continuous platforms for sharing updates among Czech, European policy and journalistic communities.
- We hold the best European specialized event on countering disinformation – the STRATCOM SUMMIT
Since 2016, we hold a regular conference, which is dedicated only to countering hostile foreign influence and disinformation operations – the STRATCOM SUMMIT. It welcomes over 200 government and non-governmental specialists in disinformation for practical lessons-sharing, training and briefings.
Policy shift overview: How the Czech Republic became one of the European leaders in countering Russian disinformation
In 2016, the Czech Republic underwent a major policy shift on the topic of Russian disinformation. Many questions have been raised on how this happened and its practical consequences. We prepared a simplified overview of developments in the Czech context since 2014.
The Prague Manual is a comprehensive report explaining how liberal democratic countries in Europe should respond to the Kremlin´s ongoing subversive operations. More than four years after the annexation of Crimea, following several investigations into the scope of the Kremlin´s influence in Western countries and after a number of attempts to meddle in national elections, the European debate is long past due moving from questioning whether this threat exists to taking steps to effectively counter it. There have been numerous efforts to step up governmental and non-governmental activities focused on building resilience, analyzing or countering the Kremlin´s disinformation campaigns and influence operations, with each of them differing in impact and degree of success. This report uses the existing experiences of countries to provide a list of specific steps personalized to different political environments in order to be as efficient as possible.
This report is a follow-up to the Overview of countermeasures by the EU28 to the Kremlin's subversion operations conducted by the European Values Think-Tank, published in May 2017. It summarises the attitudes, policies, and strategic responses of the EU28 to Russia's disinformation campaigns and other hostile influence operations. The special focus in this updated issue is on the main developments and changes, positive or negative, which took place during the months after the original report was published.