The Civic Resilience Initiative (CRI) is a Lithuanian non-profit, non governmental organization founded in 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania by a group of experts based all around Europe. CRI focuses its activities on increasing the resilience of Lithuanian and other societies of the region through the means of engaging education. This organization aims to increase the resilience in the spheres of security, media-literacy, disinformation, cyber, civil and grass-root activities, empowering the civil societies to actively engage in educational activities themselves.
CRI brings together experts excelling in a variety of resilience topics, providing insights into the educational process of various age groups, where official governmental institutions are unable to fill the gaps. CRI excels in organizing off-site workshops, conferences and trainings with the best experts in their fields. The Initiative identifies educational gaps and provides innovative solutions delivering the best results in long term promotion of democratic processes. Its long-standing cooperation partners include NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies, Lithuanian Elves, Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuanian Ministry of Defense and others. CRI focuses its activities on increasing the resilience of Lithuanian and other societies of the region through the means of engaging education.
Board member of Civic Resilience Initiative (CRI); Executive director of the Institute of Democratic Politics (IDP); former advisor to MP; former International Visiting Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy; Editor in chief of annual paper journal politika.lt; Almost 10 years closely working with international organizations in Europe, initiated a lot of international projects focused on security, human rights and civil society; now specializing in media literacy, security and civic education. He is living part-time in Rome (Italy) and closely working with the organizations of security and civil society there.
Board member of Civil Civic Resilience Initiative (CRI); Associate Director at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab; Associate Analyst at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis; former officer at Special Purpose Service of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces; Deputy Head of the Strategic Planning Division at the State Railway Inspectorate under the Ministry of Transport and Communication; He is using open source methodologies to research disinformation and hard security in conflict zones in Ukraine and Syria, also focusing on the topics of digital resilience, media literacy and election monitoring. He is training journalists, military staff, NGO workers and researchers on open source methodologies around the globe.
Board member of Civic Resilience Initiative (CRI); former advisor to MP; former International secretary and board member at the organization JKL. Linas has been working for 8 years with international organizations in Europe, has been initiating dozens of international projects for different target groups including students, journalists, teachers, NGO workers. primarily focused on civic education, elections, security, media literacy.
President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda is propelling the Ukraine war through Russia media, while continuing to intensify tensions with the West. Putin’s propaganda expands beyond Ukraine into other parts of Europe, including the Baltic region. Using a media monitoring tool “NewsWhip” CRI team was able to investigate what are the most prevalent propaganda narratives in the Baltic region’s news outlets in the Russian language. In our latest research, we investigate different articles and their content to see which propaganda narratives dominated the Russian-speaking public space in the Baltic region. For our research we used “NewsWhip”, a media monitoring platform that tracks content by amount and location of user engagement and tracks audience interests and changes in interests over time. Here are some of the most prevalent propaganda narratives that are active in the Baltic states throughout the war in Ukraine.
The goal is to educate the society about the importance of ensuring sufficient national capacities for territorial defense and to make sure that citizens are interested in defending their country from any potential aggressor. Secondly, the goal is to highlight crucial interest for every Lithuanian, strengthen our transatlantic ties and contribute to a stronger relationship with another NATO member in every way possible. The purpose of this conference is to induce and strengthen a positive approach to NATO among the Lithuanian youth. This social group is the basis of the reviving society in Lithuania, therefore the future relations between Lithuania and NATO will depend on its attitude towards this substantial organization. This is a joint project of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Institute for Democratic Politics.
On June 15-16, 2019, the training called “Challenges of Modern Disinformation” was organized in co-operation with the NATO Public Diplomacy Unit, the Wilfried Martens European Studies Center and Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The training was aimed at journalists from Lithuania’s regions and Lithuanian citizens who are closely related with media outlets. Combating misinformation and disinformation is one of the main goals of contemporary media. Lithuanian media outlets strive to ensure the quality of their content and truthfulness of the facts they present. Therefore, in order to help develop the public’s critical thinking and digital resilience, we have organized this training session.