How government agencies can identify and counter malign influence activities: Sweden’s pioneering approach

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The RUSI's Modern Deterrence project held an executive briefing by Fredrik Konnander, Head of the Counter-Influence Division at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

The MSB has, together with specialists at Lund University, developed a pioneering handbook in how to counter malign influence.

The handbook, which will be published this month, is designed to assist communicators in government departments and agencies counter malign influence activities. It will help them identify and counter such activities, which increasingly often target government institutions by depicting them as incompetent or spreading half-truths about their work. With the assistance of this pioneering handbook, government agencies and other public institutions will be able to combat disinformation before it takes hold. Given that the handbook, which will also be available in English, addresses the rapidly growing problem of disinformation campaigns directed against Western societies, it is likely to become a resource for government officials around Europe and beyond.

Speaker biography:

Fredrik Konnander leads the counter-influence division at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). He was previously chief of staff at Sweden’s Centre of Asymmetric Threat and Terrorism Studies, and led the intelligence department at the Swedish National Defence University. Between 1991 and 2000 Mr. Konnander held various positions in the Swedish intelligence community. He is a lieutenant-colonel in the Swedish army reserve and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockholm University.  

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0830.

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