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US-Paris Tech Challenge

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is proud to co-host the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC)’s upcoming U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge against disinformation and propaganda.

This private event will host eight finalist organizations from across the United Kingdom and European Economic Area (EEA). Finalists will present their solutions against disinformation and propaganda to a panel of judges and a closed audience. Up to three organizations will be selected to receive funding totaling $250,000 USD. Invitees will be able to join us as part of the closed audience for this two day event which will take place at the following times:

  • Wednesday, September 29: 8:00-11:00 EST / 14:00-17:00 CEST
  • Thursday, September 30: 8:00-12:30 EST / 14:00-18:30 CEST



Patricia Watts
GEC’s Technology Engagement Team

Tara Maria
Policy Advisor
Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (STAS)

Sydney Smith
Cultural Affairs Officer
US Embassy London

JD Maddox
Independent Consultant

Dan Black
Deputy Head
NATO, Cyber Threat Analysis Branch (CTAB)

Flemming Splidsboel Hansen
Senior Researcher
Danish Institute for International Studies

Lillian Wahl-Tuco
Regional Strategic Communications Coordinator
US Embassy Paris

Wren Elhai
Public Diplomacy Advisor
State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues

Robert Schaul
Analysis and Resilience Policy Lead (Countering Foreign Influence)
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Beth Lambert
Head of Counter Disinformation
U.K. Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Ashkhen Grigoryan
Executive Director
Digital Communication Network

Collaborating organizations include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the U.K. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, U.S. Embassy Paris, the Office of the Tech Ambassador of Denmark, the Digital Communication Network, and Park Advisors and Disinfo Cloud

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.