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Alexandru Musteața press conference
April 2024

Moldova in the digital crosshairs of anonymous, pro-Russian Telegram channels

by Givi Gigitashvili, Victoria Olari

Anonymous Telegram channels attempt to discredit Moldova’s pro-European government and amplify pro-Russian narratives
The flags alley is seen outside the United Nations building during the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2023. (Source: Reuters/Denis Balibouse)
April 2024

The GDC zero draft: the good, the bad, and the ugly

by Konstantinos Komaitis

DFRLab Senior Resident Fellow for Global and Democratic Governance Konstantinos Komaitis takes a look at the Global Digital Compact’s zero draft
April 2024

Kremlin-linked Telegram channels seed anti-Ukraine and anti-West narratives in Bulgaria

by Eto Buziashvili, Sayyara Mammadova

Pro-Kremlin Bulgarian Telegram channels amplify disinformation seeded by Kremlin-run channels
March 2024

Inauthentic campaign amplifying Islamophobic content targeting Canadians

by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Accounts used AI-generated photos and inauthentic accounts to amplify Islamophobic account claiming to be a new Canadian nonprofit
March 2024

Suspicious Facebook assets amplify pro-Kremlin Bulgarian ‘mushroom’ websites

by Sopo Gelava

More than one hundred Facebook assets promoted links to external websites sharing pro-Kremlin propaganda in Bulgaria
Putin and Gutul meet in Sochi
March 2024

Unpacking the Kremlin media blitz surrounding Gagauzia leader’s Russia visit

by Victoria Olari, Ani Mejlumyan

Eugenia Gutul’s meeting with Vladimir Putin drives Kremlin news cycle positioning Russia as “protector” of Gagauzia and Moldova as its “oppressor”
March 2024

How to consume information in times of conflict

by Dina Sadek, Andy Carvin

Unverified information can exacerbate conflicts. Recognizing and scrutinizing it should become reflexive for all of us
A woman holds a phone with a portrait of Soviet leader Josef Stalin on case, during an event marking the 70th anniversary of Stalin's death, in his hometown of Gori, Georgia March 5, 2023. (Source: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze)
March 2024

Stalin lionized on Georgian TikTok

by Sopo Gelava

TikTok videos promote myths about late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, portraying him as a religious, well-educated strongman
Fake version of the Ukrainian news site UNIAN.
March 2024

Doppelganger targets Ukrainian and French audiences via Facebook ads

by Valentin Châtelet, Roman Osadchuk

The latest iteration of the Russian information operation reveals an increasing sophistication in tactics against Ukraine and other audiences

In-Depth Reports

An image of a GPU overlaid with a computer terminal showing the results of an nmap command, a network scan.
February 2024

Hacking with AI

by Maia Hamin, Stewart Scott

Can generative AI help hackers? By deconstructing the question into attack phases and actor profiles, this report analyzes the risks, the realities, and their implications for policy.
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Smartphone with the app from TikTok on the flags of the USA and China. (Source: Reuters)
February 2024

TikTok: Hate the Game, Not the Player

by Rose Jackson, Seth Stodder, Kenton Thibaut

How Strategic and Regulatory Confusion Around TikTok Prevent an Effective National Security Response
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January 2024

Design Questions in the Software Liability Debate

by Maia Hamin, Sara Ann Brackett, and Trey Herr, with Andy Kotz

Software liability—resurgent in the policy debate since its mention in the 2023 US National Cybersecurity Strategy—describes varied potential structures to create legal accountability for vendors of insecure software. This report identifies key design questions for such regimes and tracks their discussion through the decades-long history of the debate.
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November 2023

This Job Post Will Get You Kidnapped: A Deadly Cycle of Crime, Cyberscams, and Civil War in Myanmar

by Emily Ferguson and Emma Schroeder

In Myanmar, cybercrime has become an effective vehicle through which nonstate actors can fund and perpetuate conflict.
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Telephone with messaging apps. “Protecting point-to-point messaging apps: Understanding Telegram, WeChat, and WhatsApp in the United States” cover image.
August 2023

Protecting point-to-point messaging apps: Understanding Telegram, WeChat, and WhatsApp in the United States

by Iria Puyosa

A year-long project on protecting users’ data and privacy that analyzes the growing use of point-to-point messaging platforms in the United States and the implications their design and governing policies have for user privacy and free speech.
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Democracy Derailed report cover art
August 2023

Sudan’s precarious information environment and the fight for democracy

by Tessa Knight, Lujain Alsedeg

An examination of the time from December 2018, when protests against then-president Omar al-Bashir first broke out, and December 2022, when a framework agreement between civilian and military leaders came into play.
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A World Map Of China 3D Rendering - Chinese Discourse Power Cover graphic
August 2023

Chinese discourse power: Capabilities and impact

by Kenton Thibaut

An examination of China’s online and offline channels for the dissemination of “discourse power” and the mechanisms of oversight on which such communications rely.
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July 2023

Critical Infrastructure and the Cloud: Policy for Emerging Risk

by Tianjiu Zuo, Justin Sherman, Maia Hamin, and Stewart Scott

Critical infrastructure increasingly depends upon cloud computing. Policy must adapt its approach to risk management accordingly.
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June 2023

The disinformation landscape in West Africa and beyond

by Tessa Knight, Jean le Roux

A look at West Africa’s information environment, with particular emphasis on local and international disinformation campaigns targeting the region and beyond.
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Russian soldier and helicopter

Russian War Report

As Russia’s aggression in Europe heats up, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is keeping a close eye on Moscow’s movements across the military, cyber, and information domains.

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.

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.

Dichotomies of Disinformation

Via the DFRLab’s Github: This project isolates “political disinformation campaigns.” Dichotomies of Disinformation proposes and tests a classification system built on 150 variable options. Our intent is to establish a replicable, extensible system by which widely disparate disinformation campaigns can be categorized and compared.

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