The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, in partnership with the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC)​ Chair the United States, is pleased to present an exciting event live from Washington during the week of the Summit for Democracy. Featuring remarks from U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, tune in to hear about the work of the world’s first, and only, global Internet freedom alliance, the U.S. Government’s “plan of action” for its chairship, and how the Coalition’s 36 member countries and an array of civil society and industry allies are working together to ensure the digital world is a rights-respecting and democratic one.

Join us Monday, March 27th at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) / 11:30 a.m. (PDT) / 7:30 p.m. (CEST) for this high-level briefing, followed by a conversation with leading civil society voices on how the FOC and its collaborators utilize the Coalition to drive collective responses and actions on some of the most pressing and wide-reaching issues of our era. You’ll hear experts and activists discuss how the FOC is uniquely positioned to tackle complex issues like Internet shutdowns and surveillance technologies, developing norms around artificial intelligence, and elevating the positive role of human rights defenders.

For more about the FOC and its history, check out the DFRLab’s Introduction to the Freedom Online Coalition: Understanding the First Ten Years of the World’s Democratic Tech Alliance.

Opening remarks

Wendy Sherman FOC

Ambassador Wendy Sherman
Deputy Secretary of State
US Department of State


Boye Adegoke FOC

Boye Adegoke
Senior Manager, Grants and Program Strategy
Paradigm Initiative

Juan Carlos Lara FOC

Juan Carlos Lara
Executive Director
Derechos Digitales

Alissa Starzak FOC

Alissa Starzak
Vice President, Global Head of Public Policy


Khushbu Shah

Khushbu Shah
Nonresident Fellow

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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.