In a life of heightened information access and lowered attention spans, we find ourselves reading more headlines, but processing fewer facts. The result — an epidemic of anxiety. How are cognitive biases affecting our perception of reality? And are we doomed to this inevitability?

TEDxRiga 2018 speaker, Strategic Communications expert Jānis Sārts has been on the first line of Latvia’s defense for more than twenty years. He is a former State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Defense and also led the Defense Section of Latvia’s Delegation to NATO and the EU. Jānis is a former Chair of the National Cyber Security Board, the body responsible for developing and improving Latvia’s cyber security.

Currently, Jānis is head of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, a Riga-based hub focused on research and testing ideas and approaches in information security and cognitive resilience.

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