NATO STRATCOMCOE outlines online harassment of Finnish ministers

The Rīga based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has the latest in its series of online discussions taking place March 17. The subject should be an interesting one.

"When the young and female leadership of the Cabinet of Ministers of Finland came into power in December 2019, they made international headlines as pioneers of gender equality in governance. At the same time, their election provoked online resistance in the form of abusive messages. Many assumptions about their political inexperience were accompanied by sexist and misogynistic language. NATO StratCom COE experts decided to conduct a study which part of this online activity was human-led and which – automated," says advance material.

"Experts concluded that the messaging directed at Finnish government officials was largely free from automated activity. They found a number of users singularly focused on harassing the government. The bulk of abusive messaging originated from clusters of right-wing accounts."

Speakers in the discussion will be Rolf Fredheim (Principal Researcher, NATO StratCom COE) and Päivi Tampere (Head Of Communications, Prime Ministers Office, Government of Finland) with Annie Geisow (NATO StratCom COE) acting as moderator.

The event will be livestreamed at 16:00 Rīga time (GMT+2) on the centre's Facebook page and YouTube channel

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