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Russian Info War and Digital Media to be Explored

DACOR-Bacon House

(DACOR-Bacon House)

(18 October 2016). A lunch-time discussion on Wednesday, 26 October at DACOR-Bacon House in Washington, D.C. examines Russia’s use of digital media in Western societies. The discussion will be led by Miika Tomi, a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University.

The program is titled, “Does the truth matter in the age of digital media?” In the new era of citizen journalism, the masses have been empowered to produce and receive information. As a result, the credibility of the government to present objective views and the traditional media to act as a gatekeeper has diminished. Especially Russia has championed a modern version of decentralized information warfare to solidify domestic support and cause disunity abroad.

Can authoritarian foreign governments take the use of the openness of the western liberal democracies and even manipulate events like the US Presidential elections? If yes, what can foreign policy professionals do to combat modern propaganda tools?

Miika Tomi is a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University M.S. in Foreign Service program. He previously served as the spokesperson for the Prime Minister and the Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland. He has studied at Sciences Po Paris, London School of Economics and University of Tampere and worked in Beijing, Kolkata, Nairobi and London in addition to being deployed to Chad as a UN and EU peacekeeper.

The event takes place on Wednesday, 26 October, at DACOR-Bacon House, 1801 F Street NW, in Washington, D.C., beginning at 12:00 pm.  Reservations including lunch are $25.00 and required in advance. Please call 202-682-0500 or e-mail to

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