Linda Slapakova

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office

Education

M.Phil. in international relations, St Antony's College, University of Oxford; B.A. in international affairs (European peace and security studies), Vesalius College, Brussels

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Overview

Linda Slapakova is a senior analyst with RAND Europe in the area of defence and security. Her research focuses chiefly on the defence workforce and armed forces personnel issues; emerging security and information threats; and the impact of emerging technologies in defence and security. She coordinates RAND Europe's body of work focusing on the defence workforce and skills. 

Since joining RAND, she has managed a range of projects for UK- and EU-based clients working across the defence and security portfolios, and is experienced in a range of qualitative and futures methodologies including horizon scanning, evaluation, qualitative data collection and case study analysis. Her recent work has focused on helping the UK Ministry of Defence navigate the demands and challenges of trends associated with the future of work, supporting the development of guidance on cross-government working, research on diversity in the UK and US armed forces, and a range of studies examining the opportunities and challenges associated with AI, autonomous systems and other technologies in defence and security.

Prior to joining RAND, she conducted research on peacekeeping, conflict resolution and counter-terrorism with organisations in Brussels and the UK including the Crime Terror Nexus Project, the Institute for Economics and Peace, and the Centre for European Policy Studies. She holds an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in international affairs (European peace and security studies) from Vesalius College Brussels. 

Languages

Czech, English, German, French

Commentary

  • A man puts his biometric passport on a scanner at an automatic border control point at Zurich-Kloten airport near Zurich, Switzerland, December 1, 2010, photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

    How the EU Can Overcome Barriers to Using Artificial Intelligence in Border Security and Beyond

    Artificial intelligence is increasingly a crucial tool for improvement and innovation in public policy and services. While there are opportunities to harness AI as a tool for improving the effectiveness of border-security functions, there are also barriers to its adoption.

    May 17, 2021 Encompass

  • A hand with megaphone spreading social media news on Coronavirus infection, photo by Feodora Chiosea/Getty Images

    Towards an AI-Based Counter-Disinformation Framework

    Artificial intelligence is being used to develop sophisticated malign information on social media. But AI also provides opportunities to strengthen responses to these threats and can foster wider resilience to disinformation.

    Mar 29, 2021 Hague Diplomacy Blog

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    A Machine Learning Approach Could Help Counter Disinformation

    Disinformation has become a central feature of the COVID-19 crisis. This type of malign information and high-tech “deepfake” imagery poses a risk to democratic societies worldwide by increasing public mistrust in governments and public authorities. New research highlights new ways to detect and dispel disinformation online.

    Jun 25, 2020 C4ISRNET

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