As democracies counter and build resilience against disinformation, malign state and non-state actors continue to develop new tools to spread false narratives and manipulate civil discourse. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming elections in the United States – among other global events – have increased public awareness to the threat of mis- and disinformation. The DFRLab has been at the forefront of raising critical social debates about the role of government, the private sector, and civilians in monitoring and securing the information environment both on and offline.
360/StratCom 2020 is the premier government-to-government forum focused on working with allies and partners to align free and open societies in an era of contested information. We find ourselves in a global competition for information and influence, and we face a rapidly evolving threat landscape, from war zones to our living rooms. Democracies must build resilience and work together against the proliferation of online influence operations around the world, as well as disinformation that recognizes no borders, spreading faster than facts. The accountability and security on which democracy depends hang in the balance.
On December 7-8, 360/StratCom will provide a forum for experts to learn best practices, share innovations, and engage with a truly global policy community to report and mitigate disinformation. Over the course of two days, the DFRLab will host a series of virtual private roundtables, workshops, and trainings with allied countries’ government officials to foster global collaboration aimed at defending civil society and democratic institutions from the malign actors who seeks to undermine stability in the digital age.
As part of the programming, the DFRLab will also publicly livestream conversations with experts from the public and private sectors on information security, election integrity, tech policy, and digital resilience.