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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GeoTech Center

Championing positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.

Seize the day. Create the future together.



Fri, Jul 23, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford consider the future of war in outer space and cyber space

On July 23, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the future commercialization and militarization of space, calling for cooperation and international standards to help guide future space exploration and […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arms Control China

Thu, Jul 22, 2021

The 5×5—If it blinks, it sinks: Adventures in securing operational technology

With rising sophistication, automation, and interconnectivity in operational technologies, security has become an overwhelming need.

The 5×5 by Will Loomis, Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Geopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, Jul 21, 2021

FAST THINKING: Will quantum computing be the next frontier of competition with China?

On June 29, 2021, the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei unveiled “Zuchongzhi,” the fastest quantum computer in the world, which at fifty-six qubits is just a nose ahead of Google’s Sycamore quantum computer. But are we calling the race too soon? Will the United States and its allies catch up?

Fast Thinking

China Technology & Innovation

Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Sadat in Politico on the future of space travel

Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Mir Sadat considers the direction of space travel over the next decade.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Space United States and Canada

Mon, Jul 19, 2021

FAST THINKING: A turning point on Chinese hacking

What does NATO’s buy-in mean for the world’s response to Chinese hacking? What tools do these allies have to fight back? Our experts messaged us (securely) with the answers.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Australia China

Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Event | The future of data and AI in space

On Wednesday, July 21, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the GeoTech Center will air a previously recorded event on the future of data and AI in space. The recording will be available on this page. Find the full GeoTech Hour series here. Event description On April 29, 2020, Fredrik Bruhn, Amy Webb, Paul Jurasin, and Anthony […]

Event Recap by the GeoTech Center

Resilience Technology & Innovation

Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Starling, Massa, and Siegel present at the State of the Space Industrial Base Workshop on the future of space security

Co-authors of Forward Defense's recently released Atlantic Council Strategy Paper on "The Future of Security in Space: A Thirty-Year US Strategy" present at the 2021 State of the Space Industrial Base Workshop.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Space Space Security

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Why China’s digital currency threatens the country’s tech giants

China's drive to develop technologies fueled by data has given its corporate crackdown a more profound purpose: to expand the data sources available to the government.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Mark

China Digital Currencies

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Handler joins Asharq News to discuss ransomware and US cyber strategy

Simon Handler joins Asharq News to discusss ransomware and US cyber strategy.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arabic Cybersecurity

Thu, Jul 15, 2021

Warrick testifies for the House Committee on Homeland Security

Forward Defense and Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East programs Nonresident Senior Fellow Thomas S. Warrick testifies for House Committee on Homeland Security.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Cybersecurity


Wed, Jul 28, 2021

How modern CIOs innovate for impact

Online Event A GeoTech Hour discussing how to drive cultural change for enterprises and discuss what it is like to steer, lead, and shape IT and organizations in the federal realm.

12:00pm Cybersecurity Digital Policy Entrepreneurship Technology & Innovation