The Spring 2023 iteration of Digital Sherlocks will run between March – May 2023, engaging even more participants and with sessions ranging from introductory trainings to more advanced investigative workshops. All selected Digital Sherlocks will be able to register for as many workshops as they wish, based on their interest and availability.
Since its founding in 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and information manipulation, documenting human rights abuses using open-source information, and building digital resilience worldwide. The DFRLab’s global footprint consists of its headquarters in Washington, DC, a global coordination hub in Brussels, Belgium, and regional Digital Research Units (DRU’s) based in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Eurasia.
We believe that more people doing this work to high standards benefits us all.
In that spirit, over the years we have worked to grow and support our community of Digital Sherlocks through dedicated trainings and workshops for journalists, students, and members of civil society around the world. In 2019 alone, DFRLab experts trained over 1,500 people across six continents and 30 different countries on media literacy, open-source investigative techniques, fact-checking and source verification, narrative analysis, social media monitoring, and many other topics.
As the COVID-19 pandemic limited travel and in-person convening, the DFRLab adapted its training and capacity program for facilitation online in a safe and trusted environment. Thanks to the support of its global sponsors, the DFRLab formalized its training portfolio with the launch of the 360/Digital Sherlocks program, an ongoing series of free, online trainings dedicated to students, members of civil society, journalists, and academics committed to monitoring and protecting the information environment in their respective regions. Over the last two years, 2300+ people across 130+ countries have participated in the Digital Sherlocks program in workshops including practical trainings on open-source investigative methodologies, interactive conversations on digital governance and tech policy with DFRLab’s Fellows, and informal networking events. In addition to the ongoing trainings, the Digital Sherlocks have access to dedicated resources and private social media groups, which they can use to share resources, promote their own research, and pursue collaboration with other participants.