Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab)


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Actor type: Civil society (think tank, NGO, unaffiliated researcher, non-profit or charity)

Subject tag: Data Access | Disinformation and misinformation | Government transparency | Privacy and data protection | Terrorism and violent extremism

Region: Global

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) at the Atlantic Council is a first of its kind organization with technical and policy expertise on disinformation, connective technologies, democracy, and the future of digital rights. Incubated at the Atlantic Council in 2016, the DFRLab is a field-builder, studying, defining, and informing approaches to the global information ecosystem and the technology that underpins it.

We do so through three main efforts. First, we produce timely primary open source (OSINT) research on disinformation, online harms, foreign interference, platform policy and approaches, and other aspects of the information ecosystem globally. Second, we set research standards and train others around the world in techniques and practices, enabling more people to do work like we do in their own backyards, or to mainstream an understanding of the digital ecosystem into their fields. Finally, we leverage our unique insights from work across governments, companies, media, and civil society to craft policy recommendations, and collaborate with the global community working to ensure the digital world is a rights-reinforcing and democratic one.