The EU DisinfoLab 2023 Annual Conference will take place on 11 – 12 October 2023 at the Holiday Inn in Krakow, Poland!
The event will bring together over 300 renowned professionals from diverse backgrounds, digging into the pressing issues in the disinformation space. By attending this physical forum, you’ll join leading experts and stakeholders from across the disinformation world for a mix of sessions formats and exciting networking opportunities.
Don’t miss this chance to exchange, learn and network in real life!
Looking forward to meeting you for #Disinfo2023 in October in Krakow!
#Disinfo2023: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
We expect a lot of requests to attend #Disinfo2023. Should your registration be approved, you will receive a final confirmation email with all relevant information. Practical information about #Disinfo2023 is also recapped below.
#Disinfo2023 is an in-person conference. We are excited to enjoy the networking time real-life events offer!
Social events & networking
Historic Nighttime Guided Tour of Krakow: Join us for a 90-minute night-time tour of Krakow on 11 October, after the end of the Day 1 conference programme. Led by an expert guide, the tour will venture through the city’s key historical landmarks, from the architectural jewels of the Old Town to the culturally rich Wawel Castle and Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz. We look forward to sharing an unforgettable, intellectually stimulating evening with you! Please note, the event is subject to weather, so bring rain gear as a precaution. The guided tour is offered by EU DisinfoLab.
Informal pre-conference get-together: Make sure to also book both the night before the start of the conference, 10 October, for our informal gathering that will take place at Szklanki bar (address: Jakuba 19, 31-057 Kraków, 15–minute walk from Holiday Inn), starting at 19:00.
These moments will be great opportunities to network with your peers!
NO LIVE STREAMING!
No live streaming option will be provided, and the sessions will not be recorded.
Presentation slides will be made available shortly after the conference.
STAY WITH US AT THE CONFERENCE VENUE!
Book your accommodation at the conference venue Holiday Inn, and immerse yourself in #Disinfo2023. Network at any hour, retire to a comfortable room without leaving the site, and feel the heartbeat of the conference!
Access your special rate through this booking link, and enjoy a comfortable stay for 142€ per night (the price may slightly vary based on the exchange rate), breakfast included. Please note that this offer is available on a first-come, first-serve basis due to limited room availability. We encourage you to book early and enjoy the convenience and community spirit!
Other recommended hotels
In addition to the conference venue Holiday Inn, we have selected several other hotels nearby:
To stay at the Best Western Krakow Old Town, located within a 4-minute walking distance of the Holiday Inn, send an email to email@example.com or info@
bwkrakow.plmentioning the DISINFO2023 booking code. Special rate (breakfast included): 104€/night* upon availability.
To stay at the Leonardo Boutique Hotel, located within a 6-minute walking distance of the Holiday Inn, send an email to reservations.boutiquecitykr
firstname.lastname@example.org( before 10/08/2023) mentioning the DISINFO2023 booking code. Special rate (breakfast included): 108€/night* upon availability.
To stay at the Campanile Hotel, located within a 6-minute walking distance of the Holiday Inn, send an email to email@example.com (
before 30/08/2023) mentioning the DISINFO2023 booking code. Special rate (breakfast included): 80€/night* upon availability.
* indicated prices might vary based on the exchange rate
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to assist with individual or group Visa requests or processes.*
For our 2022 Annual Conference, we received more than 1,000 registrations. We expect similar numbers for #Disinfo2023, and unfortunately don’t have the capacity to accommodate them all. Therefore, once you’ve completed the registration steps on the registration platform, your request for joining the conference will be submitted to an approval process by the EU DisinfoLab organising team. Our conference being an event designed for professionals in the disinformation field, priority will be given to people working in this space.
Your #Disinfo2023 badge will be sent by email a few days before the conference so that you can print it prior to the conference.
Changes or cancellation
In case you need to make changes to the information you’ve provided us in your registration, you can use the link you’ve received in the email confirming your participation.
We are a small NGO, bearing the cost of organising a free and growing conference. Registered participants that do not attend the conference have a financial impact on our association. It also implies that another member of the community, still on the waitlist, cannot join us. If you are unable to attend the conference, we rely on you to cancel your participation (either through the link which you’ll find on your confirmation email or by reaching out to us). Please note that we track no-shows for future conference editions!
The EU DisinfoLab’s official photographer will capture moments during the event. If you prefer not to be photographed, you will be able to request a red lanyard for your badge at the registration desk on-site.
By attending this two-day physical event, you will join leading experts and stakeholders from across the disinformation world for a mix of insightful panel sessions, inspiring interviews, keynotes and workshops provided by high-level speakers including:
- Imran Ahmed, CEO, Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH);
- Francesca Arcostanzo, Lead of the Digital Analysis Unit, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD);
- Kalina Bontcheva, Senior Researcher in the Natural Language Processing Group, University of Sheffield;
- Marc Faddoul, Director, AI Forensics;
- Lutz Guellner, Head of Strategic Communications, European External Action Service (EEAS);
- Nina Jankowicz, Vice President, Center for Information Resilience (CIR);
- Ines Narciso, VOST Europe;
- Gabriella Roncone, Technical Threat Intelligence Analyst, Mandiant;
- Jack Stubbs, Vice President of Intelligence, Graphika;
- Stefan Voss, Head of Verification, DPA;
- Alden Wahlstrom, Senior Analyst, Information Operations Team, Mandiant;
- Alicia Wanless, Director, Partnership for Countering Influence Operations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP).
You can find the detailed conference programme below.
The two-day conference includes complimentary lunches and coffee breaks at the venue for all confirmed attendees.
The #Disinfo2023 programme contains a range of panel sessions, interviews, keynotes, and workshops. Take a look!
TUESDAY, 10 OCTOBER
WEDNESDAY, 11 OCTOBER
As much as we hear about conspiracy theories daily, the simplest question often remains unanswered and far from our understanding. Why do so many people believe in conspiracies? This is why we reached out to Brent Lee, who describes himself as a Recovering Conspiracist, and we are grateful he agreed to join us and share his incredible journey with us. Starting from 9/11 conspiracies, Brent will tell us how he went down every rabbit hole and got out of it.
- Brent Lee, Podcast host, “Some dare call it conspiracy”
Many EU DisinfoLab conference attendees will remember the moving presentation by James Le Mesurier at #Disinfo2018, where he warned us about the systematic harassment and disinformation targeting him and his work with the White Helmets. James’s widow, Emma, our friend and Board member, will share her experience of resisting the lies that followed James’s death as well as the challenges of her journey in restoring the truth.
- Emma Le Mesurier, EU DisinfoLab Board Member
Since 2014, the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia has highlighted the evolving nature of warfare, as new informational dimensions emerge and play significant roles (take the example of Sandworm). Fast forward to February 2022, Russia once again engaged in hostilities with Ukraine, this time capturing several regions. During this session, we will delve into how this particular conflict has transformed our understanding and conduct of contemporary warfare.
- Emerson Brooking, DFRLab
Chair: Susan Morgan, Independent Consultant
AI is becoming a growing topic in our space for its known capacity to generate fictitious content that looks hyper-realistic, its alleged capacity to tackle disinformation faster than any human moderation ever could, and its overall impact on our relationship with information in the post-truth context. In this session, we will catch up on the latest developments and question ourselves on the world that is opening in front of us.
Opening talk: Thomas Gouritin, AI expert
- Noemie Krack, KU Leuven
- Jack Stubbs, Graphika
- Beth Lambert, Logically
TRACK 1 (DEGAS)
TRACK 2 (RENOIR)
Chair: Maria Giovanna Sessa, EU DisinfoLab
Presentations: Disinformation trends and case studies
In this session, we’ll be looking at the latest disinformation trends observed by the community inside Europe, including climate change, migration, and pop culture conspiracy theories.
- Aleksy Szymkiewicz, Demagog
- Alejandro Romero, Constella Intelligence
- Cristina López G., Graphika
Forbidden Stories – the “Story Killers” project: a review of these investigations into disinformation
In February 2023, the Forbidden Stories consortium released a series of publications exploring, among others, “the deadly disinformation-for-hire industry”. Pursuing the work of assassinated journalists, we will hear how their investigations were conducted, including the infiltration of Team Jorge, a company specialised in manipulating elections and political information using troll armies, cyber espionage, and influencers.
- Phineas Ruckert, Forbidden Stories
- Omer Benjakob, Haaretz
- Gur Megiddo, Haaretz
Chair: Anna Gielewska, Reporters Foundation
We need to talk about mental health support
Our community is regularly exposed to violent content, online harassment, physical threats, lawsuits, or other types of “occupational hazards” such as burnouts. We need to build a stronger mental health support system to keep our work sustainable. This session will look into harms, but even more the solutions that can be put in place to build a stronger resilient community.
- Jochen Spangenberg, Deutsche Welle
- Magdalena Lind, Metis Services
Keynote – Fighting back against harassment
- Nina Jankowicz, Author, Counter-disinformation expert
Chair: Ana Romero, EU DisinfoLab
Dormant and persistent networks
In this opening, two speakers will present how operations like Facebook Hustles and Doppelganger are persistent. Spoiler alert: their perpetrators enjoy impunity and inaction.
- Guillaume Kuster, Check First
- Aleksandra Atanasova, Reset
The attention economy stack: tools and ways to act
Civil society can sometimes feel powerless when confronted with the mechanisms of the attention economy. While access to data can definitely foster actions, many organisations have implemented ways to directly impact positive change. These are their stories.
- Nandini Jammi, Check My Ads
- Clare Melford, Global Disinformation Index
- Sam Jeffers, WhoTargetsMe
Chair: Mathias Vermeulen, AWO
Presentation: Transparency is no silver bullet
Transparency reports offer valuable insights into how digital platforms manage and regulate harmful content, serving as a window into their policy enforcement practices. However, these reports can also be manipulated to serve as mere public relations tools, leaving room for distorted Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and inaccurate disclosures. This session will critically examine the limitations of transparency as a singular goal and challenge the notion that data is an infallible standard.
- John Albert, AlgorithmWatch
Panel: Can we cure our data dependence?
While researchers often complain about the limitations and constraints in accessing platforms’ data in the past, recent announcements suggest that we may have even less access to data in the future. As we must deal with the end of the “open era” (one could argue before we even knew it had started), we can’t help but ask ourselves: what can we do?
- Brandi Guerkink, Mozilla
- Alicia Wanless, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield
Join us for a night-time tour of Krakow!
Meeting point: lobby of the conference venue, Holiday Inn
Led by an expert guide, the tour will venture through the city’s key historical landmarks, from the architectural jewels of the Old Town to the culturally rich Wawel Castle and Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz. We look forward to sharing an unforgettable, intellectually stimulating evening with you!
Please note, the event is subject to weather, so bring rain gear as a precaution.
The guided tour is offered by EU DisinfoLab.
THURSDAY, 12 OCTOBER
TRACK 1 (DEGAS)
TRACK 2 (RENOIR)
Chair: Sabrina Spieleder, EEAS
Keynote: Avengers, assemble! Volunteer communities countering online disinformation
Can simple citizens organise themselves to counter disinformation? In this presentation, we will discover how disinformation on WhatsApp was identified and debunked by simple Portuguese volunteers. Their cooperation with public authorities shows the potential of resilient communities in the fight In this session, we will learn how Information Operations experts identify phases of an online operation, also known as a “Kill Chain”. These phases all present vulnerabilities allowing actors to act against malicious actors.
- Ines Narciso, VOST Europe
Presentations: Tackling foreign interference at a national level, a benchmark of Member States initiatives
The European External Action Service and its pioneer initiative EUVsDisinfo showed an unprecedented way on how public authorities could respond to the disinformation threat. Eight years later, as the EU Member States are designing their own solutions, we’ll look at the different paths taken, between specific civil units and multi-stakeholder working groups and their preliminary results.
- Andrea Liebman, Swedish Psychological Defence Agency
- Hervé Letoqueux, Viginum (France)
- Alejandro Gonzalez Fernandez, National Security Department (Spain)
Chair: Jakub Kalensky, Hybrid CoE
Presentation: Disinformation & disruption: An analysis of pro-Russia cyber-Enabled IOs during wartime in Ukraine
Cyber-enabled information operations have been a prominent feature of Russia’s strategy of information confrontation in support of their war in Ukraine. This presentation will explore how these operations’ cyber-enabled components are designed to disrupt multiple defence systems simultaneously.
- Gabby Roncone, Mandiant
- Alden Wahlstrom, Mandiant
Panel Discussion: 18 months of sanctions against Russian disinformation actors – what’s the impact?
Shortly after the Russian war against Ukraine began, the EU sanctioned Russian disinformation outlets. While Russian propaganda was still unfolding, additional Russian assets, such as Wagner-related entities, were put on the sanction list. This session will look at the role of civil society in identifying sanctionable assets, the impact of sanctions on the information space, and how Russian propaganda reshuffled its activities in response.
- Lou Osborn, All Eyes on Wagner
- Francesca Arcostanzo, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
- Maxime Audinet, IRSEM
Chair: Raquel Miguel, EU DisinfoLab
Presentation: Designing an Online Operations Kill Chain
In this session, we will learn how Information Operations experts identify phases of an online operation, also known as a “Kill Chain”. These phases all present vulnerabilities allowing actors to act against malicious actors.
- Ben Nimmo, Meta
Workshop: TikTok. Who’s there?
150 million users in Europe, repeated privacy and security concerns, absence of APIs, TikTok is a growing space in the EU information ecosystem. In this session, you will learn what researchers and journalists can do to counter disinformation on the platform.
- Marc Faddoul, AI Forensics
Best practices for OSINT investigations, where to find them and how to apply them
In the past years, Osint has become a buzzword covering all types of online investigative work done by all kinds of actors. Becoming a central element in the community tackling disinformation, a group of organisations tried to design common guidelines. This session, led by the DFRLab, will provide an overview of the ObSINT Guidelines and will guide you through two case studies highlighting how they can be applied in real life Osint investigations.
- Mattia Caniglia, The Brussels Hub, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab
- Givi Givitashvili, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab
- Sayyara Mammadova, Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab
Workshop: “How can I archive this?”
All investigators have been confronted with the same question: how can I preserve the information I’m collecting to keep a record of what will be removed from the Internet?
In this session, the DPA team will explore their journey, giving you all their Internet Archive tips, showcasing multiple methodologies to archive content.
- Stefan Voss, DPA
- Arne Beckman, DPA
In this session, we’ll shift perspectives to examine disinformation policies from various angles. Our speakers will attempt to pivot on some of the core questions we face daily. How is Meta addressing media capture by authoritarian states? Does being KPI-centric in transparency reports prevent us from holding abusers accountable? Why should we consider the DSA only from a European perspective and not look beyond?
- Lindsay Hundley, Meta
- Aaron Rodericks, X/Twitter
- Théophile Lenoir, University of Milan
Chair: Gregory Rohde, EU DisinfoLab Board Member
- Carlos Hernandez, EFCSN and Fundacion Maldita
Join this session to get an update on the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA), the implementation of the Digital Services Act (DSA), the Code of Practice, and other ongoing EU regulatory and policy initiatives. We’ll also look at EU elections and what we should expect ahead of 2024.
- Diana Wallis, President of the board of EU DisinfoLab, former Vice President of the European Parliament
- Trisha Meyer, VUB, EDMO BELUX
- Carlos Hernandez, EFCSN and Fundacion Maldita
Chair: Diana Wallis, EU DisinfoLab President
Are you recalling the “drop in the ocean” metaphor? At the EU DisinfoLab, we sometimes wonder: what’s the point of doing what we do, taking all these risks while disinformation spreads? When legislators sponsor new laws that encourage rather than disincentivise disinformation, we sigh and wish we didn’t have to recall the obvious again and again. Imran Ahmed, Founder and CEO of Center for Countering Digital Hate, will share with us why we all must keep the faith and keep fighting for the good cause.
- Imran Ahmed, Center for Countering Digital Hate
Followed by closing remarks
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