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Disinformation Campaigns 2.0 - The Next Generation

Join us for a well-timed presentation, keynoted by retired Marine Corps Four Star General John R. Allen, President of The Brookings Institution, and joined by a world-class panel of experts who will provide insights into what the Next Generation of Disinformation Campaigns and actors will be.

"Lying is a cooperative act. Think about it. A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance. Its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie."

Pamela Myers, Lie Spotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception

Propaganda and lying are as old as humanity itself and the post-print social media age has created a hyperactive environment of sharing information including lies. Disinformation and misinformation pose a direct threat to the credibility of our democratic institutions. 2020 has been an extraordinary year where we have seen disinformation spike to unprecedented levels across a spectrum of subjects ranging from COVID-19 to the US elections.

As we struggle to separate truth from lies even the methodology, standards and the institutions to do so are under attack from disinformation. We know this has been a chaotic year and there have been significant efforts to make social media and institutions more resilient to manipulation but we also know that we need to be better prepared for what comes next in these information wars.

Join our distinguished panel to explore where we are in seeking the truth and what we will need to consider as we prepare for the next generation of disinformation campaigns by both state and non-state actors.

Keynote Speaker:

General John Allen, President, The Brookings Institution
General John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. He is the co-author of the book Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence alongside co-author Darrell M. West (Brookings Press, 2020)”


Mr. Mikael Tofvesson, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
Mr. Mikael Tofvesson is currently head of the newly formed Counter Information Influence Section at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). He has been responsible for MSB activities to counter foreign interference since 2009, including as head of Global Monitoring and Analysis Section. He also headed the agency’s two task forces to protect the national general elections in 2018 and the European Parliament election in 2019, against foreign interference.

Dr. Joel Finkelstein, NCRO, Princeton University
Joel Finkelstein is the co-founder of the Network Contagion Research Institute. A visiting fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, Joel also holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton, where his award-winning doctoral work focused on the psychology and neuroscience of addiction and social behavior. Joel is an active and well-known strategic resource to media outlets, policy makers, advocacy groups, as well as investigators to help turn tools for social science into tools for social justice.

phil_gurski.jpgPhil Gurski, Security, Economics and Technology Program Director, and President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd.
Phil Gurski, the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) program Director, is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. ( and PDI SET Programme Director. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS  from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.  From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at CSE, specialising in the Middle East.  He is the author of five books on terrorism, including his most recent When religion kills: how extremist justify violence through faith.

Dave McMahon, CEO, Clairvoyance Cyber Corp
Dave McMahon's 35-year career has focused on engaged cyber defence, security and intelligence initiatives. He has an honours degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and has authored numerous publications, papers and articles throughout his career. Dave was a Special Advisor to the Canadian Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and expert witness to Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and the National Security and Defence Committees. He has acted in the capacity of a Special Advisor to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada as well as Canadian Intelligence Oversight and Review bodies.


Paul Goldenberg, Rutgers University, Miller Centre, Cardinal Point Strategies
Paul Goldenberg is a highly decorated 30-year law enforcement and national security professional recognized by the leading national security publication as one of America’s 2020 Most Influential Persons in Homeland Security. Through his work as a member of the United States Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), the former head of Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) transnational policing program, Senior Fellow with the Rutgers University Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow for Global Security for the University of Ottawa, he has played a key role in setting domestic and international policy for the legislation and investigation of hate crimes, insider threat, countering violent extremism, information sharing,  cyber security policy, and creating and managing public-private partnerships among transatlantic, federal, state and local governments.

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