Principal Scientist, NATO StratCom COE
Dr Rolf Fredheim is Principal Scientist in the Technical and Scientific Development Branch of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga, Latvia. Rolf leads the Centre’s data science research into malicious activity by bots and trolls on social media. This work is published quarterly under the title ‘Robotrolling’.
Before joining the Centre, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin.
In this sub-panel we present some of NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence research products: Black Market of Social Media, red-team experiment during military exercise and Robotrolling. Together these products raise questions about the ease and speed with which manipulation online create tangible security threats. Ongoing hostile influence campaigns in Europe and United States have increasingly targeted the digital environment. The Kremlin’s interference in presidential elections in the United States and France as well as the recent referendum in Macedonia demonstrate how large-scale foreign influence campaigns exploit the online environment. This subpanel will focus on new and existing social media vulnerabilities, repeatedly exploited by hostile actors, and what NATO should be doing to mitigate risks and limit the damage of malicious abuse of social media platforms.