Democracy & Tech Initiative

The DFRLab’s Democracy & Tech Initiative creates policy practices that align global stakeholders toward tech and governance that reinforces, rather than undermines, open societies. This initiative builds on the DFRLab’s leadership in the OSINT field, empowering global communities to promote transparency and accountability.

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Transcript by Atlantic Council

Dec 6, 2021

Behind the scenes of the newest hot job in diplomacy: Tech ambassador

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Countries have begun appointing tech ambassadors in different forms to elevate technology as a national-security and foreign-policy priority. Here's what their roles mean not just for democracy and human rights in the digital age.

Digital Policy Internet

UkraineAlert by T. X. Hammes

Dec 6, 2021

Guerrilla tactics offer Ukraine’s best chance against Putin’s invasion force

UkraineAlert by T. X. Hammes

As Ukraine faces the prospect of a possible major escalation in the country's seven-year undeclared war with Russia, Kyiv's best chance of countering the Kremlin invasion force may be via the use of guerrilla tactics.

Conflict Defense Technologies

Issue Brief by Andy Bochman, Ian Ralby

Dec 6, 2021

Cybersecurity concerns for the energy sector in the maritime domain

Issue Brief by Andy Bochman, Ian Ralby

As a wide spectrum of energy companies continue to rely on the maritime domain or even increase that reliance, they must be mindful that traditional maritime threats—like piracy, theft, and weather events—are not the only threats they face today. Maritime cybersecurity concerns are among the most potentially disruptive to energy-sector interests, and yet are among the least understood and addressed.

Cybersecurity Energy Transitions

UkraineAlert by Oleksandr Yermakov, Olena Halushka

Dec 4, 2021

How anti-reform messages are replacing pro-Russian rhetoric on Ukrainian TV

UkraineAlert by Oleksandr Yermakov, Olena Halushka

With openly pro-Russian propaganda no longer effective in today's Ukraine, the country's remaining Kremlin supporters are now focusing their efforts on promoting anti-Western narratives in the Ukrainian media.

Civil Society Conflict

Article by Tasha Jhangiani and Frances Schroeder

Nov 30, 2021

Improving Cybersecurity Outcomes in the Telecommunications Sector

Article by Tasha Jhangiani and Frances Schroeder

From Internet service providers (ISPs) to cable companies, the telecommunications industry facilitates rapid and widespread communication across the globe. With recent increases in cyber attacks, telecommunications firms have been affected by cyber threats more than ever before. Due to the significant amount of private information that is shared and stored through the critical networks they […]

Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation

UkraineAlert by Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Alexander Khara

Nov 27, 2021

Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine obsession could spark a major European war

UkraineAlert by Andriy Zagorodnyuk, Alexander Khara

Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine obsession could spark the largest European conflict since WWII. With Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border, Western leaders must demonstrate their readiness to back Ukraine and impose crushing costs on the Kremlin.

Conflict Cybersecurity

Issue Brief by Hung Tran

Nov 23, 2021

Competing data governance models threaten the free flow of information and hamper world trade

Issue Brief by Hung Tran

The EU framework is comprehensive and puts a strong emphasis on the protection of personal data both from the government and private companies. It also establishes that EU citizens’ data can be transferred only to countries with an adequate privacy protection regime (adequacy to be determined by the European Commission).

China Cybersecurity

Issue Brief by Nicole Goldin

Nov 23, 2021

Generational dynamics of economic crisis and recovery: Prospects for younger and older persons

Issue Brief by Nicole Goldin

Economic shocks affect young and older age groups disproportionately and highlight the insecurity of the youth labor market and volatility of older people’s savings. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated youth labor market challenges and caused young people to either lose jobs or work fewer hours.

Coronavirus Digital Policy

In the News by Borja Prado

Nov 17, 2021

It’s time to modernize the US R&D ecosystem and unleash local innovation

In the News by Borja Prado

"It is time for the government to ensure the translation of cutting-edge scientific knowledge into solutions for local and regional problems prioritized by communities across America." Read Nonresident Senior Fellow, Melissa Flagg, on her latest essay for Issues magazine.

Economy & Business Political Reform

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Nov 15, 2021

New US-Ukraine Charter underlines American commitment to Ukrainian security

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

The new US-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership adopted on November 10 underlines American support for Ukrainian security and US concerns over the possibility of further Russian aggression.

Disinformation Non-Traditional Threats

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