CEPA STRATCOM PROGRAM
22 February 2017

Digital toxins in Germany’s election

Lessons from the Frontline of the Information War

The Center for European Policy Analysis hosted a roundtable discussion on digital toxins in Germany’s election with Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. The conversation was moderated by CEPA Senior Adjunct Fellow Donald N. Jensen and featured critical insight from CEPA's frontline information warfare monitors Dalia Bankauskaitė and Corina Rebegea.

In today’s information space, the digital toxins of disinformation can spread as easily as a ‘Like,’ ‘Tweet’ or ‘Share.’ This danger is all too familiar to some of America’s allies in Europe. In the Baltic States, the Kremlin has field-tested subversive techniques for dividing publics and re-shaping opinion. In the Black Sea region, fake news and propaganda are employed to erode confidence in transatlantic institutions. More troubling, these same methods may even be deployed to influence the upcoming parliamentary elections in Germany—but to what extent?