Young Digital Leaders 2019: From Safety to Citizenship Online

Young Digital Leaders (YDL) is an educational programme aiming to empower young people across Europe through digital citizenship, critical thinking and media literacy. The programme, developed by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and supported by Google.org, was created to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be safe, effective and empowered online citizens in the 21st century. It also sought to upskill teachers and parents so they could more proactively support this process, with a better understanding of the challenges faced online. The second phase built on a 2018 YDL pilot, expanding its reach with a collaborative partnership model between these stakeholder groups and local civil society organisations in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania.

This report describes the programme’s logic, content and the findings of our evaluation. It demonstrates its impact on participants, describes ideas to improve future programme delivery, and makes recommendations for policymakers who can positively influence the provision
of digital citizenship education (DCE) throughout Europe.

The Long Tail of Influence Operations: A Case Study on News Front

This case study examines two websites and two blogging accounts which appear to be linked to News Front, a Crimean-based news organisation previously accused of being a source of pro-Kremlin disinformation and influence operations. While the impact of the site’s activity is low, the case study provides a glimpse into the inner workings of the broader disinformation ecosystem and sheds light on the long tail of state-linked online assets.