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Digital Cognitive Defence: Combatting Disinformation, Misinformation and Malign Influence

DMMI can have significant impacts on an organisation’s mission - Join us for a hands-on workshop, as we will focuses on giving participants the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise, manage and build resilience to DMMI.

Event Start: Tue 18 Jun 09:00 AM AEST
Event Finish: Tue 18 Jun 05:00 PM AEST

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Registration End Date: Tue 11 Jun 05:00 PM

<p><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1712879601000"></img><br><br>From armed conflicts, election campaigns, and vaccine rollouts to financial fraud and brand reputations, disinformation, misinformation, and malign influence (DMMI) is a global, regional, and local problem.</p> <p>New tools and techniques have allowed nations, states, extremists, and other malevolent actors to carry out cyber-enabled cognitive hacking and surgical strikes on public opinion- spreading disinformation, distrust and discord.</p> <p>DMMI can have significant impacts on an organisation’s mission - this workshop focuses on giving participants the knowledge and skills necessary to recognise, manage and build resilience to DMMI.</p> <p>The workshop aimed to explore the main players, case examples, key tactics and techniques used by malign actors and emerging best practices.</p> <p><strong>By the end of the workshop, participants will:</strong></p> <ul><li>Understand the origins DMMI and how social media, media and state platforms can amplify the impact of online campaigns</li><li>Be familiarised with main actors, strategic intention and key tactics, techniques and procedures and gain a deeper understanding of these through case studies</li><li>Understand basic techniques for validating information and analysing DMMI and analysis of techniques employed by state and non-state actors</li><li>Understand key psychological and socio-cultural aspects of DMMI, including vulnerability, biases, and ways to build resilience</li><li>Be introduced to some of the larger social and political aspects of DMMI, and explore ways to combat and build resilience to DMMI</li></ul> <strong>Our guest speakers: </strong> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Dr Morgan Saletta</a>, Deputy Director, The Hunt Lab for Intelligence Research, University of Melbourne</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Steven Coomber</a>, Senior Manager, Synergy Group</li></ul> In addition, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Melbourne and ACS members would receive 8 CPD hours for the workshop automatically if they attended the full session.<br><br>**Light morning &amp; afternoon tea and lunch is included.

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Dr Morgan Saletta

Dr Morgan Saletta

Dr Morgan Saletta is a Deputy Director and a Senior Researcher at The Hunt Lab for Intelligence Research. His research and teaching focusses on disinformation and related areas. Morgan delivers training on DMMI to multiple Australian Government organisations and the Intelligence Community.

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Steven Coomber

Steven Coomber

Steven Coomber is a Senior Manager at Synergy Group and an intelligence professional with over 18 years’ experience inside Australia’s National Intelligence Community. Steven holds a Bachelor of Education also teaches into the Australian National University’s National Security College on the topic of Disinformation, Misinformation and Malign Influence.

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Suite 3, Level 5, 64 Northbourne AVE,Canberra,ACT,Australia

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  • ACS Canberra Hub (Entrance via Bunda St, Defence Force Recruiting and Bupa Dental Canberra Building)
    Suite 3, Level 5, 64 Northbourne AVE
    Canberra ACT 2601
  • when

  • Event Start:
    Tue 18 Jun 09:00 AM AEST

    Event Finish:
    Tue 18 Jun 05:00 PM AEST
  • event price

  • Member: $1045.00
  • Member-Concessional: $1045.00
  • Non-Member: $1155.00

  • * Your price may vary on registration depending on your membership type.

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