HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Global Security Forum, the organisers announced in a tweet Friday.
The event, taking place on October 15-16 at St Regis Doha, will explore the security challenges posed by the proliferation of modern disinformation and the serious implications this has on an increasingly interconnected world, according to the official website.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah will be key speakers at the event, it was announced through separate tweets Friday.
Established in 2018, the Global Security Forum is an annual international gathering bringing together a multi-disciplinary network of experts, practitioners, and policy-makers from government, security, academia, media, entertainment, international organisations, the humanitarian sector, the private sector and beyond to come together to discuss the world’s most pressing topics. This invite-only event provides a unique platform for international stakeholders to convene and offer solutions that address the international community’s leading security challenges.
Each year, the Global Security Forum is organised by The Soufan Center (TSC) and the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS). Based in New York City, The Soufan Center (TSC) is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to serving as a resource and forum for research, analysis, and strategic dialogue related to global security issues and emergent threats. Based in Doha, the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) is a professional institute serving to raise security standards, knowledge, and co-operation within the Gulf region and across the globe.
The forum works with a diverse range of local and international partners. The inaugural 2018 Global Security Forum was co-hosted with Georgetown University in Qatar and Qatar University – a workshop session was also co-hosted with the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED).
The 2019 Global Security Forum has confirmed partnerships with the CTED, New America, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Defense One, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Qatar University, and Qatar Airways.
According to the Global Security Forum website, the nexus between disinformation and technological advances has produced an unprecedented threat landscape, which requires a whole-of-society approach.
The global effects of disinformation – whether via organised campaigns that influence elections or policy decisions, or via misinformation given to individuals or groups engaging in violent acts of perceived retribution – have become common and persistent security threats. All nations are dealing with this phenomenon.
Private and non-profit organisations are dealing with the effects as well. Relying solely on government or the private sector alone to counter disinformation, however, will not work; it is imperative to convene an open dialogue in a multi-stakeholder environment to develop comprehensive solutions.
The 2019 Forum will convene officials and experts from across the world, to include governments, technology platforms, media, advertising and marketing agencies, social media, academia, think tanks, and international organisations, among others.