Combatting disinformation can’t be done alone; ultimately it requires a growing movement of individuals taking the lead around the world and in their own communities. It’s these Digital Sherlocks who are at the heart of our movement.
In 2019, the DFRLab and its partners trained over 1,500 people in more than 50 workshops across six continents; we also financially supported over 50 members of civil society from 25 countries to attend our flagship event, 360/OS, in London in June that year.
As the COVID-19 pandemic constrained us all to a remote capacity, we were able to massively expand our efforts and virtually engage our global community around the world. Launched last October, our 360/Digital Sherlocks training program currently involves over 500 participants from 82 countries in an online initiative designed to foster the capacity of independent media and civil society to protect the information ecosystem and combat disinformation.
Between October 2020 – January 2021, DFRLab experts ran trainings on social media analysis, advanced OSINT techniques, deepfakes detection, data visualization, and open source tools, and facilitated discussions on topics such as online extremism, digital regulation, State-sponsored information operations, and more.
After the success of our Winter program, the Spring iteration will run between March – July 2021, engaging even more participants and with sessions ranging from introductory trainings to more advanced investigative workshops.
In addition to free, opt-in trainings, the selected scholars have access to a global network of experts ready to exchange ideas and collaborate, exclusive material and resources, and other tailored opportunities.
While unfortunately we weren’t able to meet in person during 2020, we are currently planning new opportunities to safely convene DFRLab’s Digital Sherlocks community in the upcoming months.
If you’re interested in learning more about DFRLab’s 360/Digital Sherlocks program or in joining our community of scholars, you can reach us at email@example.com.
March 2021: First training session | Online
All Digital Sherlocks will be asked to attend a first training session organized by DFRLab’s experts in their respective regions. Throughout the course of three hours, DFRLab’s trainers will share tips, skills, and case studies on how to fight mis- and disinformation and contribute to protect the integrity of the information environment in your region.
March 2021 – July 2021: Series of in-depth skills workshops | Online
DFRLab’s global team will host two-hour training sessions on in-depth open source methodologies, OSINT techniques, narrative analysis, deepfake detection, data visualization for investigative journalists, and much more. All Digital Sherlocks will be able to register to as many workshops as they wish, based on their interest.
TBD: 360/Open Summit | Brussels
Throughout the period of the training program, the DFRLab will select around 120 Digital Sherlocks – based on interest, participation, and need – to attend 360/OS Brussels next June with all travel expenses covered. While unfortunately we won’t be able to provide financial support to more than 120 participants, we will still love for everyone else to join us in Brussels!