The Global Engagement Center's Technology Demonstration Series

The Department of State has established the Global Engagement Center’s (GEC) Technology Demonstration Series to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation that undermines U.S. national security interests. This initiative convenes some of the country’s best technologists, academics, and civil society advocacy groups on a biweekly basis to identify technological solutions and to encourage stronger public-private partnerships in the fight against foreign propaganda and disinformation.

Date: 05/02/2018 Description: Acting Under Secretary Heather Nauert praises the new GEC Tech Demo Series in a tweet on May 2, 2018 - State Dept Image

On May 2, 2018, the GEC held its kickoff event for this technology series and participants agreed to hold short demonstrations of technology to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation through the end of 2018. These technologies may include, but are not limited to, bot network detection, blockchain-enabled content authentication, and counter-messaging automation. Participants were encouraged to address key concerns, such as:

• Rapidly identify emerging propaganda and disinformation technologies.
• Describe the dynamic interaction of cyber operations and information operations for influence purposes.
• Identify technological vulnerabilities of propaganda and disinformation operations.
• Predict adversaries’ adaptations to US efforts to counter propaganda.
• Provide technological solutions to the challenges posed by generative adversarial networks (deepfakes).

Date: 05/02/2018 Description: Acting Under Secretary Heather Nauert addresses participants in the inaugural meeting of the GEC Tech Demo Series at the United States Institute of Peace. - State Dept Image

The GEC is seeking additional participants in its future GEC Tech Demo Series activities. For more information, please contact GECIncubator@state.gov and check back here for updates. For Twitter activity, use #GECTechDemos. Also, take a look at GEC’s virtual library for substantive information on the topics of foreign propaganda and disinformation.