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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: September 22, 2020

Investigators from the United Nations (UN) published a report on September 16, 2020, with evidence of “unlawful executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture” in Venezuela that have taken place since 2014.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Ahead of the 2020 US elections, the disinformation threat is more domestic than foreign

Three top journalists and editors working at the intersection of national security, technology, and elections discussed the challenges they’re facing on a daily basis with the conspiracy theories, misinformation, and lies percolating online ahead of the US elections.

Elections 2020 by Larry Luxner

Civil Society Disinformation

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Desecration of genocide monument marks a new low in Ukraine’s memory wars

The recent desecration of an iconic Kyiv statue honoring the millions of Ukrainians killed in the 1930s Soviet genocide marks a new low in the memory wars over the country's troubled and traumatic past.

UkraineAlert by John Vsetecka

Disinformation Resilience & Society

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Disinformation

Whether the mis- or disinformation is foreign or domestic in origin, an information environment rife with confusing, polarizing, and often false narratives can only serve to further divide an already tense nation.

Elections 2020 by DFRLab

China Disinformation

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Warrick calls for DHS reform in letter to Houston Chronicle

In response to an article in the Houston Chronicle advocating for the dismantlement of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Forward Defense Non-Resident Senior Fellow Thomas Warrick writes that DHS can be reformed, including through the recommendations of the Atlantic Council’s Future of DHS Project. More about our experts:

Future of DHS by Atlantic Council

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Belarus Rally

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Pro-Lukashenka Telegram channels amplify each other to smear protesters

Several Telegram channels supporting Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka are actively amplifying each other’s content in an attempt to discredit anti-Lukashenka protesters while mobilizing supporters to attend pro-government rallies.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Hu featured in World of Intelligence podcast on OSINT, disinfo, and ethics

Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Evanna Hu joins the "World of Intelligence" podcast to discuss the timely topics of open-source intelligence (OSINT), disinformation, and ethics.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Disinformation Intelligence
Maria Kolesnikova

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Belarus state media botch reporting on a botched abduction

After a foiled abduction of three Belarusian opposition members, Belarus state-owned media outlets stuck to the official version of events, despite mounting evidence of inconsistencies in the story.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation
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Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Open societies must create a grand strategy framework for data, sensemaking, and trust

Open societies are at a series of crossroads requiring intentional choices for the decade ahead. These choices are forced by new technologies, improvements in data capabilities, and changes in geopolitics globally. While human nature has not changed, the number of people on Earth has changed–up from 1.6 billion people on the planet in 1900, to 2.5 billion in the 1950s, to 7.8 billion in 2020.

GeoTech Cues by James Schmeling (Guest Author) and David Bray, PhD

Cybersecurity Digital Policy
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Tue, Sep 15, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: September 15, 2020

Accounts aligned with the Maduro regime pushed #MasCaprilesMenosGuaido (More Capriles, less Guaidó) to trend as a means of influencing the Twitter conversation after Henrique Capriles and Juan Guaidó traded accusations around the upcoming parliamentary elections. #MasCaprilesMenosGuaido trended on September 3 and September 4, however, most of the mentions (tweets, retweets, and replies) have seemingly since been deleted or removed.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela


Tue, Sep 29, 2020

2020 Election integrity and foreign interference

ONLINE EVENT - Disinformation and foreign interference pose an existential threats to the future of American democracy. The DFRLab has launched the Foreign Interference Attribution Tracker, an open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference in U.S. elections and political processes.


Fri, Oct 2, 2020

Overcoming polarization in Ukraine

A real sense of Ukrainian identity has emerged in response to Kremlin disinformation campaigns. But the memory war of the past three decades remains strong. What challenges face Ukraine’s information environment now?