Flagship event

The DFRLab held the fourth annual 360/Open Summit on June 22 through June 25. We brought together our team of experts across six continents with policy makers, journalists, civil society, and industry for four days of cutting-edge programming focused on human rights and democracy in a hyperconnected, online world. 

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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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Foreign Interference Attribution Tracker

The DFRLab’s Foreign Interference Attribution Tracker (FIAT) is an interactive, open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference relevant to the 2020 election. This tool assesses the credibility, bias, evidence, transparency, and impact of each claim.

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Election Official Handbook: Preparing for Election Day Misinformation

As part of the Election Integrity Partnership, the DFRLab has analyzed roughly four hundred cases of election-related dis- and misinformation on social media. This memo gathers the findings and issues recommendations for US election officials: they must prepare for viral falsehoods online that persist for weeks.

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Tue, May 11, 2021

Associate Editor, Digital Forensic Research Lab


The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is seeking to hire a full-time associate editor to coordinate our daily editing and publishing activities.

Digital Forensic Research Lab

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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

Fri, Aug 20, 2021

Will digital money belong to democrats or despots?

As democracies engage in long and robust debates about the tradeoffs and risks of CBDCs, authoritarian governments continue to push forward with a simpler, centralized vision that strengthens their grip on power with significant geopolitical and human rights implications. 

New Atlanticist by Arjun Bisen

China Digital Currencies

Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Securing digital infrastructure: How transatlantic partners can lead transformative investment in global connectivity

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Rep. Ro Khanna, and NSC Sr. Director Peter Harrell spoke at the Atlantic Council on challenges to securing infrastructure and the promise of a "trusted connectivity" approach.

Event Recap by Alyxandra Marine

China Cybersecurity

Wed, Jul 14, 2021

Estonian Prime Minister H.E. Kaja Kallas on securing digital infrastructure with ‘trusted connectivity’

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Rep. Ro Khanna, and NSC Sr. Director Peter Harrell speak at the Atlantic Council on challenges to securing infrastructure and the promise of a "trusted connectivity" approach.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

China Cybersecurity

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Estonian president: Our connected world needs a trusted architecture

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Anne Neuberger, deputy US national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, made the case for "trusted connectivity" at the Atlantic Council.

New Atlanticist by Nick Fouriezos

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Wed, Jun 30, 2021

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on combating digital threats with ‘trusted connectivity’

The Estonian president and Anne Neuberger, US deputy national security advisor for cybersecurity and emerging technology, appeared at the Atlantic Council to discuss the world's digital challenges ahead. Here's the full transcript.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Internet

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Behind the European Union’s plan to rewrite the rules of online life

The drafters of Europe's Digital Services Act joined the 360/Open Summit, hosted by the Digital Forensic Research Lab.

New Atlanticist by Nick Fouriezos

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

US Rep. Tom Malinowski: The evolution of big tech and social media places strain on democracies worldwide

"If the United States is going to do its part to win this contest [between democracy and authoritarianism], we’ve got to be aligned with others around the world who share our values. One country alone, even as powerful as America, can’t do this by ourselves," Malinowski told the DFRLab's 360/Open Summit.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

China Disinformation

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

Maria Ressa, Nanjala Nyabola, and Katherine Maher on why social media is—and is not—a global public square

Is social media a global digital public square? The DFRLab's 360/Open Summit gathered Maria Ressa, Nanjala Nyabola, and Katherine Maher to discuss platforms' role in the online world.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Africa Civil Society

Fri, Jun 25, 2021

How to spot the latest trends in digital disinformation

Top tech journalists joined the 360/Open Summit, hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, to discuss how tech platforms can enhance accountability and transparency

New Atlanticist by Nick Fouriezos

Disinformation India