Making Democracies Resilient to Modern Threats

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 13:00-17:00
Location: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Grand Festive Hall, Bulevardi 31, Helsinki

Seminar organized by the Fulbright Finland Foundation in cooperation with the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the United States Department of State, and hosted by the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Democratic societies, institutions, and individual citizens are facing entirely new challenges in the modern era. Today’s threats can include network-based intrusions, misinformation and ‘fake news,’ influence campaigns, and many more.  These threats have the potential to disrupt economic activity and development, threaten the national security of like-minded nations, jeopardize individual privacy, and sow mistrust among citizens towards their national and collective democratic institutions.
The seminar will seek to highlight a wide range of threats that democracies face today and may face tomorrow as well as provide strategies for institutions and individuals to understand and deal with these threats. General themes presented will touch upon how to recognize disinformation and influence campaigns, media literacy and the role of media organizations and individual journalists, security in digital spaces, and positive examples of how democracies are currently countering these threats.
More information and detailed program coming soon!

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge. Registration required, please register here. Limited seating, please register by February 28.

Seminar speakers include high-level experts in the field. Among others:

  • Matthew A. Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Department of Government
  • Adam Berinsky, Mitsui Professor of Political Science and Director, MIT Political Experiments Research Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Richard Harknett, Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Fulbright Professor in Cyber Studies at Oxford University
  • Briony Swire-Thompson, Postdoctoral Researcher at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute and Fellow, Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, 2015 Fulbright Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Jed Willard, Director of Global Engagement, FDR Foundation, Adams House, Harvard University 



In addition to the public seminar, there are two special events:

10:30-12:45 Pre-seminar Fulbright meeting and lunch (by invitation only)

17:00-19:00 Reception (by invitation only)


To reach the Fulbright Finland Foundation: office(a), or +358 44 5535 286