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Digital Forensic Research Lab


The DFRLab is building a movement. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is a start-up incubated at the Atlantic Council. We’re different than most think tank teams, and we like it that way! DRFLab is an action-oriented center producing timely primary research, training an ecosystem of others who share our passion, and convening those on the front lines of our industry to elevate new ideas and chart a path forward.

Join our fast-paced and truly global team as we work to further the DFRLab’s mission:

  • To forge digital resilience at a time when humans are more interconnected and have more access to information than at any point in history.
  • To promote objective fact as a foundation of government for and by people.
  • To identify, expose, and explain disinformation when and where it occurs.
  • To protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would undermine them online.
  • To develop a new field and network of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results.

The DFRLab is at the forefront of open source research with a focus on governance, security, technology, media, and where each intersect. Our method and approach allows us to inform the public and policy makers on issues such as protracted conflicts, breaking crisis, and human rights violations, in a uniquely tangible and data-driven way.

We’re building an initiative (to be named) to translate our research, reporting, and capacity building into long-term change and to elevate the policy options at the heart of the Atlantic Council’s mission to shape the global future together. The policy initiative will focus on the following interconnected and collective challenges:

  • Defining the role of the internet and other technologies in both promotion and defense of free and open societies.
  • Charting the evolution of disinformation and other online and technological harms, especially as they relate to the DFRLab’s leadership role in establishing shared definitions, frameworks, and mitigation practices.
  • Studying the emerging global information competition and battle for digital influence and technological dominance, recognizing that this represents the harbinger of a broader paradigm shift in international affairs.
  • Working directly with government, media, tech, and civil society on their collective responsibility in democracy and toward digital resilience.

The Resident Fellow for Digital Policy will play an integral role in our growing team and developing a significant new workstream for our center and the ecosystem at large.

We are currently hiring for an immediate start-date. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.


  • Work with the DFRLab Director and Initiative Director in building the framework and initial lines of effort to launch a branded and to-be-named initiative;
  • Draft the agenda, discussion, and briefing material for DFRLab’s major policy convenings – 360/Open Forum, 360/StratCom, and Vanguard 360 – with a focus on outcomes and sustained engagement;
  • Work with the DFRLab team and relevant Atlantic Council centers to develop and commission applied policy papers;
  • Translate DFRLab’s open source and data analysis into evidence-driven policy briefs and recommendations to distribute to relevant government, civil society, technology, and media stakeholders;
  • Enhance the policy relevance of DFRLab research by identifying potential areas of inquiry where digital forensic research would be valuable or under-reported;
  • Stay current on research focused on surveillance tech; data protections and privacy; big data and artificial intelligence; regulatory frameworks, intermediary liability, and anti-trust; among other related issues. 
  • Help build and manage relationships with international civil society partners, DFRlab non-resident fellows, and other experts in the field;
  • Help build and manage institutional partnerships within the public policy and academic sectors in the United States, Europe, and beyond;
  • Represent the DFRLab and Initiative at private meetings and public events related to the substance and development of our work;
  • Contribute to DFRLab’s congressional outreach and engagement;
  • Work with the DFRLab team to manage and support a range of projects as needed.


  • Minimum 5-7 years of relevant work experience and demonstrated subject matter expertise;
  • Must have excellent research, writing, and editing skills in English;
  • Experience contributing to or leading the development and publishing of long-form policy or academic research;
  • Ability to turn around high-quality written work products quickly and with short notice;
  • Familiarity with the policymaking process in the United States and/or European Union, with a particular focus on election integrity, digital policy, internet governance, internet freedom, data & privacy, and/or information security;
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in the overlap between international relations, human rights, journalism, technology trends, social media, and the digital information environment;
  • Experience managing multiple stakeholders in collaborative processes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well in a team and deal effectively with individuals ranging from interns to top officials in government and the private sector;
  • Must be a detail oriented self-starter and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in International Affairs, Journalism, Public Policy, Law or a related field, or equivalent experience working in policymaking, enforcement, or advocacy on relevant issues.

Bonus Qualifications:

  • International experience and foreign language skills;
  • Familiarity with or experience in the technology industry;
  • Active on social media with a high degree of digital literacy.

*Position is based in Washington, D.C. with flexibility through at least February of 2021.

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Working Together to Secure the Future. Renewing the Atlantic Community for Global Challenges.

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

The Council’s mission has three components: fostering US-European cooperation, tackling global challenges together, and building communities of influence. At the same time, the Council has placed the concept of relevance at the heart of its programming and research. The Council’s model is to recruit intellectual entrepreneurs to lead our work, execute programs aimed at shaping policy, build communities of influence around ideas, aggregate best knowledge, and serve as a home base in Washington for Europeans and global partners.

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