The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is a leading center at the intersection between government, media, and technology, committed to fighting against mis- and disinformation campaigns carried out by state and non-state actors and to protecting the global information environment online and offline.

In October, the DFRLab is launching its 360/DigitalSherlocks scholarship initiative, a training program dedicated to students, civil society, and independent media and inclusive of free online workshops on all-things open source and digital investigation. Between October 2020 – April 2021, DFRLab’s experts will run a series of training sessions on different topics and skills ranging from social media analysis, advanced OSINT techniques, deepfakes detection, data visualization for investigative journalists, open source tools demos, etc.

Besides from free trainings, the scholarship recipients will also have access to a global network of experts and dedicated resources and communications channels, as well as the opportunity to submit research ideas and be considered for publication on DFRLab’s platform. Lastly, DFRLab and its partners will cover all travel expenses for 120 scholars to attend next year’s 360/OS in Brussels. The application deadline is September 12, 2020.

At DFRLab, we teach open source research skills to provide people the tools they need to both protect themselves in the digital engagement space and harness the opportunities it enables. We believe this would be a great opportunity for students and researchers from Hertie to deepen their understanding and awareness of these topics, develop new skills they can apply in their current or future careers, as well as express their own voice on the evolving digital information landscape across the world.

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