CANIS Summer School – Security and the Mis/Dis-Information Environment

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8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Canadian Network on Information and Security offers a course Security and the Mis/Dis-information Environment (STST 649.21/PPOL 699.40) as an advanced introduction to security and mis/dis-information in the Canadian and global contexts. Students will study different threats and entities affecting our information environment from political, technological, cognitive/behavioural, and legal/ethical perspectives and will be guided to produce novel insights to support, expand, and improve security in Canada.

The course includes a wargame, a simulation-based scenario, which complements lectures and offers a practical exercise on how to counter mis/dis-information.

Day 1: National Security and Defence in an Information-Rich Environment, Communication and Propaganda

Day 2: Influence Operations (Russia and China)

Day 3: Getting the Message—Basics of AI and Network Analysis

Day 4: The Canadian (Mis/Dis) Information Space: Canadian Communications

and Survey Findings

Day 5: Legal, Ethical and Policy Landscapes


Colette Brin, Professor, Department of Information and Communication, Laval University, Quebec

Emily Laidlaw, Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot, Professor of Sociology and Vice Dean, University of Calgary

Jean-Christophe Boucher, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy & Political Science Department, University of Calgary

Ofer Fridman, Senior Lecturer in War Studies, King’s College, London, UK


Calgary students can register via Student Centre.