ReportApr 19, 2021
Fighting for the hearts and minds of Sakartvelo: The Georgian information environment during the 2020 parliamentary election
By Eto Buziashvili, Givi Gigitashvili, Sopo Gelava, Graham Brookie, Andy Carvin, Iain Robertson, Zarine Kharazian
A technical analysis of how various online actors, both foreign and domestic, attempted to manipulate public opinion and influence the recent Georgian parliamentary election results.
Fast ThinkingMar 26, 2021
FAST THINKING: A glimpse into our digital future at the latest tech hearing on Capitol Hill
By Atlantic Council
This wasn’t just another tech hearing. It was the first since the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. It was focused on extremism and misinformation. And our team at the Digital Forensic Research Lab, which is all over these issues, tells us that lawmakers came at their questioning in a new way that offers insight into what our digital future could look like.
In-Depth Research & ReportsFeb 14, 2021
Weaponized: How rumors about COVID-19’s origins led to a narrative arms race
By Luiza Bandeira, Nika Aleksejeva, Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux, Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson, Andy Carvin, Zarine Kharazian
A joint research project from the Digital Forensic Research Lab and the Associate Press on information environments during the first six months of COVID-19.
Zarine Kharazian was the associate editor at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Washington DC. In this role, Zarine edited coverage from the lab’s global network of Digital Research Units (DRUs). She previously served as the assistant editor of the International Enforcement Law Reporter, where she managed editorial operations and covered cybersecurity and data protection issues. While an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary, Zarine worked as a research assistant in the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab, where she studied the psychophysiological underpinnings of political behavior, both offline and online. Zarine speaks Armenian and French and is originally from Yerevan, Armenia. She has a particular interest in disinformation trends in the South Caucasus as well as the ethical and methodological dilemmas journalists and researchers face when reporting on disinformation.