Online disinformation has fueled radicalization in the United States, culminating most recently in the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6. Despite efforts to limit opportunities for online disinformation and coordination of violent protests, reporting suggests that there may be violence from the far right in Washington, DC, and at state capitals before and during the inauguration of President-elect Biden.

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab monitors disinformation and other online harms, and it has played a key private role in working with government, media, and private companies to address the nexus between online extremism and events in the real world. Please join us for a special briefing for select Global Energy Forum participants from Graham Brookie, Director of the DFRLab, and Emerson Brooking, Resident Senior Fellow and author of LikeWar, on what we know about the January 6 insurrection and ongoing threats. They will also speak to disinformation as a catalytic vulnerability, which makes many of the discreet issues it touches – including energy security – far more difficult to address.

This private, off-the-record briefing will be convened at 8:30 ET/ 2:30pm Brussels / 5:30pm AD / 10:30pm Seoul/Tokyo on Monday, January 18. We think it is important to note that January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, a federal holiday that honors the birth of the civil rights leader, and that many of the groups linked to the insurrection have strong ties to white supremacy, if are not overtly committed to that cause.