About the programme

The 2 day online conference ASSET PROTECTION IN THE AGE OF DISINFORMATION brings together leading academic scientists, defence, law and order, researchers, and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Fake News, Social Media Manipulation and Misinformation.

It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Fake News, Social Media Manipulation and Misinformation


Defense / Intelligence & Police / News Mediums / Technology (AI) / Social Media / Financial Sector / Energy / Corporate / Government

Conference day 1
Wed 18 August 2021  |  GMT +4 HRS
Conference day 2
Thu 19 August 2021  |  GMT +4 HRS
12:00 PM
Welcome and registration
01:10 PM

Opening keynote and chief guest remarks

Importance of a national action plan for mitigating and combating disinformation

H.E. Mohammed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity, UAE Government
Hassan Al Noon, Director, Multiverse Innovations UAE

01:25 PM

Keynote Address: Best Practices for Protecting Organisations Against Disinformation
Dr. Ahmed Saif Al Ketbi,
Chief Information and Security Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, UAE

01:40 PM

Keynote Address:  How does artificial intelligence create a new dimension to fight against the disinformation threats 
Rand Waltzman, Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation, USA

02:00 PM

Discussion: Roles and responsibilities of digital platforms to keep online users safe and action to counter illegal content and activity

With the increasing centrality of digital platforms in information sharing, it is now ever easier to personalize and then amplify digital content to maximize its impact. Malicious actors have extensively exploited this conduit to weaponize information and develop increasingly sophisticated tools for manipulating public opinions.

Elizabeth Linder, Founder and Chief Diplomatic Officer, Brooch Associates
Lyric Jain, Founder and CEO, Logically
Dr. Hoda Al Khzaimi, Director, Center of Cyber Security, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE        

Moderated by:
Jessy El Murr, Journalist, Media Expert and Host, Forbes Middle East

02:50 PM

Networking break

03:00 PM

Session theme: Strategy & policy
Keynote address: Overview on the strategies and data solutions to combat disinformation
Doowan Lee, Senior Technical Advisor, Institute for Security & Technology, CEO/Cofounder, VAST-OSINT

03:20 PM

Keynote address: Setting up a counter strategy to manage and minimize impact of misinformation campaigns
Dr. Megha Kumar, Deputy Director of Analysis, Oxford Analytica, UK

03:40 PM

Interactive discussion with Doowan Lee and Megha Kumar: Setting up a viable counter strategy to combat disinformation with Mr. Hassan Al Noon

04:00 PM

Networking break

04:20 PM

Session theme: Impact of disinformation
Keynote Address: Roles and responsibilities of digital platforms to keep online users safe and action to counter illegal content and activity

Selim J. Eddé, Director & Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google Middle East and North Africa

04:40 PM

Keynote Address: Understanding the real impact of disinformation on business and government organizations and on our daily lives
Elizabeth Linder, Founder and Chief Diplomatic Officer, Brooch Associates, UK

05:00 PM

Conference chairman’s summary

05:10 PM

Workshop one - Techniques of influence and mass manipulation
This session will introduce and give an overview of techniques of influence and mass manipulation through the Information Environment (IE). The goals of this session are to help course participants (1) understand the extent to which persistent computer networks create threats for the security of social systems, (2) understand the use of information operations through the IE to influence, misinform, manipulate and erode trust among targeted communities and within the public at large, and (3) introduce techniques to ensure greater trust among members, inhibit susceptibility to false information, and enhance awareness of malicious third parties trying to exert influence.
Rand Waltzman, Senior Information Scientist, RAND Corporation

07:00 PM

End of day one


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