The 8th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from July 3 to July 10. This year the lectures and workshops on “Public Speech, Private Platforms” were exceptionally held in form of webinars and online meetings.
The opening lecture on the Digital Transatlantic Rift was given by Peter Chase, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States Brussels, who specializes in digital policy and economy, and transatlantic relations. Other subjects at this-year’s round of the Academy included transatlantic similarities and differences in technology security, digital security at the time of general election, social media content moderation, disinformation, digital security, or investigative journalism.
WEASA is a summer offer of two-week classes addressed to experts – such as analyst, political advisors, think thank and NGO employees, civil servants, and journalists – coming mainly from Eastern Partnership countries. Since 2017, also from Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia). For the last 4 years the WEASA main theme have been issues related to development of new technologies, and their impact on life of an individual, society and politics.
To this-year’s round 50 participants were selected out of over 120 applications sent from 13 countries.
WEASA is a joint project of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the College of Europe Natolin Campus, and The German Marshall Fund of the United States. From 2017, Polish-American Fulbright Commission has also been a partner of the Academy. On behalf of Polish-American Freedom Foundation the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy is managed by the Leaders of Change Foundation.
In eight rounds of WEASA (2013-2020), a total of 374 people from Eastern Partnership countries (and since 2017 also from Western Balkans) have participated, that is: 38 from Armenia, 29 from Azerbaijan, 34 from Belarus, 70 from Georgia, 34 from Moldova, and 107 from Ukraine.
For more information on WEASA visit: https://www.weasa.org/