U.S., European partners plan center to combat ‘fake news’
HELSINKI | A center to combat such things as disinformation and fake news will be built in Finland following an agreement Tuesday of nine countries from the European Union and NATO.
The countries — Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and the United States — signed the memorandum to set up the so-called “hybrid threat” center in Helsinki with the support of the Finnish government.
The center will become operational later this year and will initially have a budget of $1.6 million and be staffed by a group of experts and researchers from the founding members.
Lorenz Meyer-Minnemann, head of NATO’s civil preparedness unit, said the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats will serve as a platform for EU and NATO to pool resources and share expertise.