June 22, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named Graham Brookie as the new Director for its Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab).

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide. It is known for its work on Ukraine, Syria, elections and disinformation, as well as its recent partnership with Facebook to independently monitor disinformation and other vulnerabilities in elections around the world.. The team is currently leading the 360/OS Summit in Berlin, a live session bringing journalists, activists, business professionals, and policymakers together to harness the power of open source, social media, and digital forensic research.

“Every day, Graham and the DFR Lab team are leading a fight for truth, freedom, and democracy in the digital space, uncovering facts in the era of fake news and rampant disinformation,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. “Through their grassroots efforts, they are contributing to the crucially important effort to build more resilient societies and counter the efforts of those who exploit our open societies and the technologies to divide rather than unite.”

"The team at the DFRLab is at the forefront of security, democracy, technology, and where each intersects,” said Brookie. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead and work with an amazing team taking action on some of the most difficult collective problems we face.” 

Graham Brookie joined the Council in May 2017 as managing editor of the Digital Forensic Research Lab. Before, he served in various positions at the White House and National Security Council. His most recent role was as an adviser for strategic communications with a focus on digital strategy, and audience engagement. Previously he served as the adviser to the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, the president’s top aide for cybersecurity, counterterrorism, intelligence, and homeland security issues. He also worked in the East Asia, Middle East, and North Africa directorates at the National Security Council. 

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