Cognitive Security and the Atlantic Council’s Top Ten

Frederick Kempe of the Atlantic Council, highlights the Atlantic Council’s top ten for 2018.

Cognitive security-related items include:

#ElectionWatchThe Digital Forensic Research Lab’s partnership with Facebook on #ElectionWatch merits a spot on the top ten as a leading example of how the Council is deploying digital technologies to not only combat disinformation but also bolster our core set of capabilities. This work grew over the last year to eleven local and national elections on four different continents. An example of this broader initiative to provide independent and credible research about the role of social media in elections and the future of democracy, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Digital Forensic Research Lab partnered together to identify, expose, and explain disinformation in the lead-up to elections in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil.

STRATCOMHigh among the year’s many achievements was the pro-democracy coup the Eurasia Center pulled off with their second annual StratCom conference.  The event brought together 250 attendees from some 24 countries, including government representatives from 15 countries to share best practices, coordinate research and engage with the policy community in order to address digital disinformation and strengthen global cooperation to counter it. International attendees were joined by US government representatives from the departments of Homeland Security, State, Treasury; from the Senate and the House; and from the Air Force. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and General Michael Hayden delivered the keynote addresses. The three-day event was capped by a government-only session at the Embassy of Lithuania where 15 governments sent representatives to discuss solutions, next steps, and further ways to collaborate – ideas on which our Eurasia team is already working through plans to implement.

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