Digital Forensic Research Lab

Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

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  • Telegram as a digital front in Russia’s war against Ukraine

    ANOTHER BATTLEFIELD: TELEGRAM AS A DIGITAL FRONT IN RUSSIA’S WAR AGAINST UKRAINE - Join the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRL) for a conversation surrounding the launch of “Another battlefield: Telegram as a digital front in Russia’s war against Ukraine.” Since Russia’s full-...

  • The internet in the balance: UN discussions and our online future

    The Atlantic Council’s Democracy + Tech Initiative host a conversation on the recent efforts at the United Nations to remake the global and multi-stakeholder internet, and what it means for democracy and the world. Joining the conversation are two of the foremost experts on the intersection of ge...

  • Implementing the US International Cyberspace and Digital Policy Strategy

    IMPLEMENTING THE US INTERNATIONAL CYBERSPACE AND DIGITAL POLICY STRATEGY - On behalf of the Atlantic Council’s tech programs, including the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, the Democracy + Tech Initiative, and GeoTech Center, please join us for a panel discussion on the US International Cyberspace an...

  • The Secure By Design imperative: One-year retrospective

    THE SECURE BY DESIGN IMPERATIVE: A ONE-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE - On behalf of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, please join us for a virtual panel discussion about the Secure by Design (SBD) initiative from the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

    Persistent i...

  • European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová

    A CONVERSATION WITH EUROPEAN COMMISSION VICE-PRESIDENT VĚRA JOUROVÁ - 2024 is a historic year of elections with 83 elections taking place in 78 countries, including the European Parliament elections in June, and the US presidential elections in November. As technology rapidly evolves and election...

  • Using data for accountability

    USING DATA FOR ACCOUNTABILITY: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE OVERSIGHT BOARD’S IMPACT - As social media regulation comes into force around the world, regulators are increasingly narrowing down on the type of data they need to hold platforms accountable and ensure users are treated fairly. The Oversigh...

  • How Ukraine fights Russian disinformation

    HOW UKRAINE FIGHTS RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION: BEEHIVE VS MAMMOTH - In 2023, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab interviewed two dozen Ukrainian officials and experts leading the country’s efforts to counter Russian ...

  • Digital identities and border cultures

    DIGITAL IDENTITIES AND BORDER CULTURES - The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) presents the launch of 'Digital Identities and Border Cultures: The Limits of Technosolutionism in the Management of Human Mobility.' This report from DFRLab Senior Nonresident Fellow Nanjala Ny...

  • Elections everywhere all at once

    ELECTIONS EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE - Join the DFRLab, Duco, and Anchor Change, on December 6th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the landscape of international elections, how tech platforms are preparing for them, and what to expect over the next year.

    In 2024, 83 national elections will be held i...

  • Deconstructing the Israel-Hamas disinformation war

    DECONSTRUCTING THE ISRAEL-HAMAS DISINFORMATION WAR - The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative and Digital Forensic Research Lab invite you to join us for a public event on “Deconstructing the Israel-Hamas Disinformation War” on Thursday, November 16, 2023, from 12:30 – 2:3...

  • Protecting point-to-point messaging apps

    PROTECTING MESSAGING APPS — Too often, consideration of point-to-point messaging platforms in the United States is focused on either diaspora or second-language usage, given the global popularity of these platforms. Another common focus is on extremist or unlawful usage.

    In reality, a broad swa...

  • Protecting point-to-point messaging apps

    PROTECTING POINT-TO-POINT MESSAGING APPS: UNDERSTANDING TELEGRAM, WECHAT, AND WHATSAPP — Messaging apps are deeply embedded in daily life for more than 3 billion people worldwide as a primary means of communication with friends and family, buying and selling products and services, following the n...

  • Democracy derailed: Sudan’s precarious information environment

    DEMOCRACY DERAILED: SUDAN’S PRECARIOUS INFORMATION ENVIRONMENT - Despite less than a third of the country having direct access to the internet, Sudan’s rulers have seen online communication as a dangerous revolutionary tool in the hands of protesting citizens. Between December 2018, when protests...

  • The National Cyber Workforce and Education Strategy

    THE NATIONAL CYBER WORKFORCE AND EDUCATION STRATEGY: UNLEASHING AMERICA’S CYBER TALENT - We hope you can join us as we discuss the scope and strategy for unleashing America’s cyber talent.

    The event features a keynote address from Kemba Walden, Acting National Cyber Director, and opening remark...

  • Policy for Secure and Resilient Cloud Computing

    GETTING TO FAULT TOLERANT: POLICY FOR SECURE AND RESILIENT CLOUD COMPUTING - Cloud computing is here to stay. Organizations from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and government agencies have moved to the cloud because of its myriad benefits and the Federal government has made cloud adoption th...

  • Report launch: Scaling Trust on the Web

    REPORT LAUNCH: SCALING TRUST ON THE WEB - The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab is pleased to present the launch of the Task Force for a Trustworthy Future Web’s final report: Scaling Trust on the Web. Leading experts will discuss the national security implications of the future we...

  • ACTV EXCLUSIVE: TikTok and national security

    IS A NATIONAL BAN ON TIKTOK IN THE US THE RIGHT MOVE? OUR EXPERTS WEIGH IN. - The US government has signaled its intention to proceed with a nationwide ban on TikTok due to concerns over national security and potential misuse of the app. If implemented, the ban could have far-reaching implication...

  • Implementing the National Cybersecurity Strategy

    REBALANCING RESPONSIBILITY: IMPLEMENTING THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY - The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Digital Forensic Research Lab, hosted a panel discussion on the US National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS).

    The panel discussion featured Kemba Walden, Acti...

  • Melding Cyber and Kinetic in Conflict

    ON BREAKING THINGS: MELDING CYBER AND KINETIC IN CONFLICT - On behalf of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Digital Forensic Research Lab, please join us for a panel discussion on the role of cyber in kinetic conflict on Thursday, April 20, from 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm ET a...

  • Wendy Sherman and the Freedom Online Coalition

    LIVE FROM THE FREEDOM ONLINE COALITION: HOW THE FOC WORKS FOR PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD - The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, in partnership with the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC)​ Chair the United States, is pleased to present an exciting event live from Washington during the we...

  • Book Talk: “America Second: How America’s elites are making China stronger”

    BOOK TALK: “AMERICA SECOND: HOW AMERICA’S ELITES ARE MAKING CHINA STRONGER” - The DFRLab hosted Isaac Stone Fish, CEO and founder of Strategy Risks, and Visiting Fellow for a panel discussion with Jacqueline Deal, President and CEO of the Long Term Strategy Group (LTSG), Jennifer Hong, Senior Dir...

  • President of Estonia H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid on digital infrastructure and China

    TRUSTED CONNECTIVITY: SECURING DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN AN ERA OF STRATEGIC COMPETITION WITH CHINA - The Atlantic Council hosted the first event in the forum “Trusted Connectivity: Securing Digital Infrastructure in an Era of Strategic Competition with China,” featuring President of Estonia H.E....

  • Prime Minister of Estonia H.E. Kaja Kallas on digital infrastructure and China

    TRUSTED CONNECTIVITY: SECURING DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN AN ERA OF STRATEGIC COMPETITION WITH CHINA - The Atlantic Council hosted the second event in our forum “Trusted Connectivity: Securing Digital Infrastructure in an Era of Strategic Competition with China,” featuring the Prime Minister of Es...

  • Keeping the Internet Open

    KEEPING THE INTERNET OPEN: COUNTERING CENSORSHIP IN AN ERA OF RUSSIA-CHINA DIGITAL COOPERATION - Join the Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab for “Keeping the Internet Open: Countering Censorship in an Era of Russia-China...