• Research Associate, Latin America

Esteban Ponce de León

Esteban Ponce de León is a research associate at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Colombia.

Ponce de León has worked as a data scientist and has a passion for deep learning, artificial intelligence, and digital research. His work focuses understanding online mis- and disinformation in Latin America, as well as developing open-source tools and methods to enhance open research. In his spare time, Ponce de León enjoys rock climbing and trekking. 

June 2024

Another battlefield: Telegram as a digital front in Russia’s war against Ukraine

In this new report, the DFRLab investigates the role of Telegram in Russia since the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine
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January 2024

Gang violence and hostage-taking sow fear across Ecuadorian social media

by Esteban Ponce de León

Graphic content related to violent incidents in Ecuador has garnered millions of views on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter
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January 2024

Pro-Bolsonaro social media accounts target Brazilian Supreme Court justice

by Beatriz Farrugia, Esteban Ponce de León

Accounts advocating for the impeachment of Chief Justice Luis Roberto Barroso sought to delegitimize the Brazilian judiciary system
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