The DFRLab held its fifth annual 360/Open Summit on June 6 through June 7, 2022. Hosted live in Brussels and streamed online, our team of investigative researchers from six continents gathered alongside policymakers and journalists, activists and advocates, industry representatives and civil society leaders from around the world for two days of cutting-edge programming on democracy and human rights in the digital era.
See the agenda, speakers, and coverage.
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The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab is building the world’s leading hub of digital forensic analysts (#DigitalSherlocks).
At the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab, our mission is:
To identify, expose, and explain disinformation where and when it occurs using open source research; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space.
To create a new model of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results.
To forge digital resilience at a time when humans are more interconnected than at any point in history, by building the world’s leading hub of digital forensic analysts tracking events in governance, technology, security, and where each intersect as they occur, as well as a network of #DigitalSherlocks.
Report Apr 20, 2022
China’s discourse power operations in the Global South
An overview of China’s discourse power activities in the Global South, including the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the processes through which China leverages its diplomatic, media, and political positions in these regions to gain influence, and assesses the impacts of these activities for democratic resilience worldwide.
Report Feb 16, 2022
Financing & genocide: Development finance and the crisis in the Uyghur Region
By Laura T. Murphy, Kendyl Salcito, Nyrola Elimä
A joint report that reveals how the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has significant investments in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where indigenous peoples have been subjected to what international legislators, legal scholars, and advocates have determined to be a genocide.
Report Jan 4, 2022
After the insurrection: How domestic extremists adapted and evolved after the January 6 US Capitol attack
By Jared Holt
This report by the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) provides an overview and analysis of the shifts observed in domestic extremist movements since the 2021 Capitol attack.
In-Depth Research & Reports Jul 22, 2021
Information defense: Policy measures taken against foreign information manipulation
By Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer
A joint report from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab and Europe Center on the policy measures government and private sector can take against foreign information manipulation.
In-Depth Research & Reports Apr 7, 2021
Digital Autocracy: Maduro’s control of the Venezuelan information environment
By Esteban Ponce de León, Daniel Suárez Pérez
A 16-month monitoring report that analyzes the information environment in Venezuela, exploring the Maduro regime’s tactics when promoting influence operations in the country and abroad.
Report Apr 19, 2021
Fighting for the hearts and minds of Sakartvelo: The Georgian information environment during the 2020 parliamentary election
By Eto Buziashvili, Givi Gigitashvili, Sopo Gelava, Graham Brookie, Andy Carvin, Iain Robertson, Zarine Kharazian
A technical analysis of how various online actors, both foreign and domestic, attempted to manipulate public opinion and influence the recent Georgian parliamentary election results.
In-Depth Research & Reports Feb 14, 2021
Weaponized: How rumors about COVID-19’s origins led to a narrative arms race
By Luiza Bandeira, Nika Aleksejeva, Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux, Graham Brookie, Iain Robertson, Andy Carvin, Zarine Kharazian
A joint research project from the Digital Forensic Research Lab and the Associate Press on information environments during the first six months of COVID-19.
In-Depth Research & Reports Dec 17, 2020
Countering Chinese disinformation reports
By Digital Forensic Research Lab
A series of reports on countering Chinese disinformation campaigns around the globe from the Digital Forensic Research Lab and Asia Security Initiative, housed in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
Report Jun 22, 2019
Operation Secondary Infektion
By Nika Aleksejeva, Lukas Andriukaitis, Luiza Bandeira, Donara Barojan, Graham Brookie, Eto Buziashvili, Andy Carvin, Kanishk Karan, Ben Nimmo, Iain Robertson, and Michael Sheldon
A Russian-based information operation used fake accounts, forged documents, and dozens of online platforms to spread stories.
Report Sep 7, 2018
By Lukas Andriukaitis, Emma Beals, Graham Brookie, Eliot Higgins, Faysal Itani, Ben Nimmo, Michael Sheldon, Elizabeth Tsurkov, Nick Waters
This report offers a record of serial violations of international norms and a basis for holding the perpetrators accountable for their atrocities.
Report Oct 15, 2015
Hiding in plain sight: Putin’s war in Ukraine
By Maksymilian Czuperski, John Herbst, Eliot Higgins, Alina Polyakova, Damon Wilson
Drawing upon open source information, Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin’s War in Ukraine provides irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.
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