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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine07.03.2023, 09:11

The NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk at the Phoenix Challenge forum called on Western partners to join forces to counter disinformation

Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk was participated online in the Phoenix Challenge 2023 forum, which took place in London from February 27 to March 3 this year. The event is organized by the Office of the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, and is dedicated to the topic "Orientation for the Future of Competition in the Information Environment."

In her speech, Natalia Tkachuk shared Ukraine's experience in building information resilience in wartime conditions. "It is important for us to ensure the realization of citizens' rights to access to true and objective information, in particular, in the occupied territories. The state takes systematic measures not only to counter disinformation and russian propaganda fakes, but also ensures the stability of the technological component of information security, the functioning of communications, telecommunications facilities and broadcasting, in particular, during blackouts and in conditions of hostilities," she said. 

Natalia Tkachuk emphasized that Ukrainians differ from russians in an extremely high level of critical thinking, and have already developed a certain immunity from russian propaganda. "The Western world must finally realize that for a terrorist country, human rights, universal and democratic values have no meaning, so we must be ready to counter the information war in these conditions."

Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service also emphasized the importance of ensuring the functioning of international Internet corporations, such as Meta and Google, in accordance with national legislation and national security needs of countries, otherwise they can be used by the enemy to implement propaganda and manipulative campaigns.

Natalia Tkachuk called on Western partners to join forces to ensure strategic communications and counter disinformation: "The destructive narratives of the russian federation are not aimed at a single country, they are aimed at the entire democratic world. Today, every state takes measures to counter disinformation at the national level, but information and cyberspace have no borders. So we must join our efforts and develop joint coordinated mechanisms and algorithms for response and countermeasures."