ABOUT US

Matej Kandrík

is a doctoral candidate of Political Science specializing in Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. Since 2015 he has been working as the editor-in-chief of the security portal On War|On Peace, dedicated to strategic thinking, modern warfare, and security. In 2016 he undertook a research stay at the University of Defence in Warsaw. Currently, he works as an external analyst for the portal Visegrad Insight and a research analyst for the think tank German Marshall Fund of the United States. His research focus is on civic participation on defence, paramilitarism, strategic communication, and propaganda. Since 2016 he is the director of the Slovak think-tank STRATPOL – Strategic Policy Institute.

 


Peter Köles

focuses on the topics of information warfare, disinformation, and hybrid warfare. Since 2016 he is the editor-in-chief of the portal Antipropaganda.sk. Before that he worked for two years at the Department of Strategic Communication of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, where he dealt mainly with the realisation of the communication programme #WeAreNato, monitoring of social networks and identification of disinformation in the online sphere. In the past, Peter undertook internships at the political section of the Slovak Embassy in Washington, in the deputies’ office of the National Council of the Slovak Republic. In 2018 he graduated in International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, where he continues his studies on the postgraduate level. He speaks English and Russian and has a basic knowledge of Spanish.

 


Victor Breiner

graduated in German studies and worked as a translator and interpreter until he finally dedicated himself fully to journalism. As a war reporter, he worked in Syria, Libya, Mali, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, and Ukraine. He published in foreign and domestic media and was awarded the Czech and Slovak Press Photo award for his work. However, family and an adventurous profession do not mix, therefore he hanged his bulletproof vest on a rack. He graduated in International Security at the University of Leicester, where he researched theoretical frameworks of propaganda in the digital, globalized world. Today he deals professionally with disinformation analysis and the non-military means of achieving strategic and political goals. In April 2019 he founded the portal Infosecurity.sk.

 


Tomáš Kriššák

is an expert on cognitive security. A co-founder of the project Checkbot, he prepares seminars on media literacy and programs focused on the impact alleviation of disinformation and other means of manipulation of the public. Previously he worked on projects focused on mitigation of radicalisation among youth and is the author of the educational programme Slobodovo, which focuses on values education and teaching new skills such as empathy, cooperation capability, and complex problem-solving.

 


Kristína Urbanová

is a student of Security & Strategic Studies and International Relations at Masaryk University in Brno. Her primary focus lies in the field of cybersecurity and cyber defence, especially their security-policy aspects. She also addresses the phenomenon of information and psychological warfare. She undertook an internship at the Foreign Policy Department at the Office of the President of the Slovak Republic. She has been the editor-in-chief in CyberSec.sk portal, a project manager in STRATPOL - Strategic Policy Institute and a senior analyst in a fact-checking project Demagog.sk. She also contributes to Security Outlines portal.

 


Peter Dubóczi

studied political science at the Department of Political Science at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, where he continues as an internal doctoral student with a focus on political philosophy and international relations. In 2019 he worked as a fact-checker for Demagog.sk portal. He is currently devoting his research to the topics of cognitive security, hybrid threats and national populism. As an analyst-trainee he publishes for Infosecurity.sk. Within the academic field, he focuses mainly on issues or paradoxes of an open society and liberal democracy within the context of international relations. He is interested in the significance and influence of facts or information, but also in the threats of their manipulation.


Matej Spišák

is a student of International Relations at Central European University in Vienna. In 2020, he completed a study and work stay as a part of The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in New York. He received his bachelor's degree at Comenius University in the field of European Studies. During his studies, he gained experience in state institutions, including internships at the Department of Strategic Communication of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Office of State Secretary Robert Ondrejcsák at the Ministry of Defense, the Foreign Policy Department in the Office of the President, and also at the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the UN in New York. Matej currently works with the NGOs SSPI and Stratpol.


Ján Farkaš

studied International relations at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, but works in a global IT company as a developer of automation solutions. In the past, he wrote articles dealing with cybersecurity for the CyberSec.sk portal. He has also been working in the Self-Confident Slovakia project for several years. He has long been involved in various aspects of hybrid conflicts, including disinformation and propaganda, while seeking to link his academic education with professional knowledge and skills.


Interns of Strategic Policy Institute, Infosecurity.sk and Slovak Security Policy Institute also play a significant role in creating content for DISI.

Currently: Adam Sitko, Marián Maraffko, Barbora Krasová, Dominik Zachar, Katarína Kondrótová, Michaela Ružičková, Štefan Ižák, Simona Uhrinová, Tomáš Horeháj, Denis Takács

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