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Understanding disinformation and transnational repression: Case studies of Ukraine, Uyghurs, and Hong Kong

ディスインフォメーションと国境を越えた抑圧: ウクライナ・ウイグル・香港における事例研究

The Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo hosted a symposium titled “Understanding Disinformation and Transnational Repression: Case Studies of Ukraine, Uyghurs and Hong Kong” on 27 October 2023.

The symposium featured the Government Relations Manager at The Uyghur Human Rights Project, Julie Millsap; Research Fellow at Watson Foundation Maya Sobchuk; Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, Athena Tong; and the Campaign Director at Safeguard Defenders, Laura Harth.

After a welcome speech by Masakazu Sugiyama, the Director of RCAST, Adam Gallagher from the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs section gave some remarks, highlighting the importance of cooperation between the U.S. and Japan, especially in the face of mutual threats such as that of disinformation.

Following case studies and analysis presented by the speakers, a Q&A session was moderated by Akira Igata, Project Lecturer from the University of Tokyo. Discussions spanned from the role of states and social media platforms in combatting disinformation, to more contextual questions on Russia and China.

Our program stands dedicated to pioneering policy research in economic security, which includes combating foreign information manipulation and interference. Our mission is to fuse the swiftly advancing domains of science and technology with the ever-changing landscape of global politics, vital in shaping a more progressive society.

ディスインフォメーションと国境を越えた抑圧: ウクライナ・ウイグル・香港における事例研究

Overview of the event

Date 15:00~16:30 on Oct. 27th (Fri.), 2023 (Doors open at 14:20)
Place Komaba II Campus ENEOS Hall (RCAST 3rd South Building 1st floor)
Capacity 172
Fee For Free
Speakers 【Panelists】
Maya Sobchuk (Ukraine), a Research Fellow at Watson Foundation

Julie Millsap (Uyghurs), the Government Relations Manager at The Uyghur Human Rights Project)
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Athena Kerin Tong (Hong Kong), a Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo
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Laura Harth, the Campaign Director at Safeguard Defenders
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【Moderator】
Akira Igata, Project Lecturer, RCAST, the University of Tokyo
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【Opening Remark】
Masakazu Sugiyama, Professor and Director of RCAST
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Language The conversation will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation into Japanese
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Details This symposium is funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. All statements made by the moderator and guest speakers and the structure of the symposium are solely those of the guest speakers and ESRP and do not reflect the U.S. government or the U.S. Embassy Tokyo.

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【7/19】日米AIセキュリティ協力:偽情報・サイバー脅威に関する敵対的AIリスクと緩和戦略
19.07.2024 Upcoming
July 19: US-Japan AI Security: Adversarial AI Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Disinformation and Cyber Threats

Today, there is growing attention on societal impacts of the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence. While the utilization of cutting-edge AI technology offers various advantages, the development and use of "adversarial AI," or AI with malicious intent or attacks against AI, has emerged as a serious economic security risk for nations around the world.

Against this backdrop, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, the University of Tokyo and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will co-host a symposium titled "US-Japan AI Security: Adversarial AI Risks and Mitigation Strategies for Disinformation and Cyber Threats".

The symposium will feature speakers from the U.S. government in charge of developing policies to promote and regulate AI technology development, as well as researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), leading national research institutes for AI research in the United States. They will introduce cutting-edge AI technology developments in the U.S. and explore risks and opportunities these technologies will bring to our society. In particular, we will discuss how to deal with AI-enabled disinformation and cyberattacks, ideal promotion and regulatory means for the government, and the future of Japan-US cooperation on AI related issues.

経済安全保障における官民関係:米・中・EU・豪・南アの国際比較
14.06.2024 Past
State-Firm Relations and Economic Security: International Comparisons of U.S., China, EU, Australia, and South America

Economy security has recently become a central issue of concern for governments and businesses around the world. Various governments have created new strategies, institutions, and tools to address these new challenges. However, the private sector involvement is critical in the effective implementation of these government policies.

Under these circumstances, the Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at RCAST, The University of Tokyo and Law and Geoeconomics will convene a symposium titled _State-Firm Relations and Economic Security: International Comparisons of U.S., China, EU, Australia, and South America_, with the support of Helsinki Geoeconomics Week and the Embassy of Finland.

This symposium will bring together experts on economic security from the U.S., China, EU, and South America to compare how state-firm relations differ in regions around the world, especially given the rise of economic security risks and opportunities. This will allow for the sharing of best practices as well as identifying potential areas of cooperation among countries.

シンポジウム:「経済安全保障をめぐる問題:リスク・機会・国際協力」
07.06.2024 Past
Symposium: "Economic Security: Risks, Opportunities, and International Cooperation"

The Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) will host a symposium "Economic Security: Risks, Opportunities, and International Cooperation" as part of RCAST's Open Campus.

NATO、日本および民間危機における協力
22.05.2024 Past
NATO, Japan, and collaboration on civil emergencies

The Economic Security Research Program (ESRP) at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The University of Tokyo and the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), co-host a brown bag lunch seminar featuring Irina Novakova, the Head of the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), NATO HQ, with the support of Royal Danish Embassy, Japan.

EADRCC is NATO's principal mechanism to respond to civil emergencies. Ms. Novakova will first give a speech addressing NATO's work on cooperative security, which covers cooperation with Japan and working to support partners build up their resilience and security. She'll also focus on examples from support for Ukraine, cooperation on disaster response, and support for building partners' defence capacities.

Her introductory remarks will be followed by comments from two expert panelists. Robert Dujarric (ICAS, TUJ) will give us a historical perspective, while Maya Sobchuk (RCAST, The University of Tokyo) will touch upon the issue of strategic communication and disinformation in disaster responses. Akira Igata will be the moderator, while also commenting from the angle of economic security policies. This will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A with the audience.

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