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.



Mon, Sep 13, 2021

Cyber defense across the ocean floor: The geopolitics of submarine cable security

The vast majority of intercontinental global Internet traffic—upwards of 95 percent—travels over undersea cables that run across the ocean floor. The construction of new submarine cables is a key part of the constantly changing physical topology of the Internet worldwide. However, this dependence is not matched by increased security, leaving our undersea cables—the core of the global internet—at risk.

Report by Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Could Vladimir Putin repeat his Crimean conquest in southwestern Ukraine?

The Bessarabia region in southwestern Ukraine shares many of the same characteristics that helped facilitate the 2014 Kremlin takeover of Crimea and should be a national security priority for the Ukrainian authorities.

UkraineAlert by Michael Druckman

Conflict Disinformation

Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Ukraine’s digital revolution is gaining momentum

September marks the second anniversary of Ukraine's Ministry of Digital Transformation. The Ministry can report significant progress in turning President Zelenskyy's dreams of a digital revolution into reality.

UkraineAlert by Mykhailo Fedorov

Digital Policy Internet

Tue, Aug 31, 2021

Hu in Foreign Policy on Afghanistan evacuations

Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow Evanna Hu quoted in Foreign Policy on evacuations in Afghanistan.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Civil Society

Tue, Aug 31, 2021

Trusted connectivity: A framework for a free, open, and connected world

As democracies address the global demand for a free, open, and connected world while ensuring that local and global emissions targets are met, they need an organizing framework: the concept of “trusted connectivity.”

Issue Brief by Kaush Arha

China Cybersecurity

Mon, Aug 30, 2021

Ghori-Ahmad quoted in CNN Business on the Taliban’s social media dilemma

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Thu, Aug 26, 2021

Before the Taliban took Afghanistan, it took the internet

This is how the Afghan Taliban waged—and won—a generation-long information war.

New Atlanticist by Emerson T. Brooking

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Aug 26, 2021

Countering ransomware: Lessons from aircraft hijacking

Ransomware has plagued organizations for more than a decade, but the last three years have experienced a surge in both the number of incidents and the ransoms demanded. To more effectively counter ransomware, the US government should develop a strategy that draws on lessons learned from addressing a surge in aircraft hijackings through the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder, Frances Schroeder, and Trey Herr

Cybersecurity Terrorism

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

The 5×5—Cyber capacity and conflict in Africa

We brought together a panel of contributors with various perspectives on the region to break down the state of cybersecurity in Africa and explore where investments in cyber capacity could go the furthest.

The 5×5 by Simon Handler

Africa Cybersecurity

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

Reimagining a just society pt. 5: “Is this working as intended?” — Global trends amid contested futures

The question of ‘is this working as intended’ is applicable to contemporary concepts of national and international security as well as of economic value, growth, and development. Given how our world is being reshaped by new technologies, data capabilities, and geopolitics, leaders in both the public and private sector need to pause and consider if governance and geopolitics in today’s world are actually working – or not.

GeoTech Cues by Carol Dumaine

Climate Change & Climate Action Security & Defense


Tue, Sep 28, 2021

2021 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum

Online Event The Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum is an annual conference hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative that brings together US and ROK officials and experts to develop forward-looking recommendations for the US-ROK alliance.

10:45am Climate Change & Climate Action East Asia Economy & Business Indo-Pacific

Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Building trust for government digital transformation

Online Event An in-depth discussion of how government officials can champion digital innovation.

12:00pm Digital Policy Entrepreneurship Technology & Innovation