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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, in-person events have been postponed or canceled until further notice. The TET is working on alternative solutions to host or partake in events through remote means.


Upcoming Events

U.S. –Paris Tech Challenge

June 22-25; September 29-30, 2021. By invitation only

The GEC’s Tech Challenges are hosted around the world and seek to highlight non-U.S. technologies for counter propaganda and disinformation use. The GEC and its foreign partners invite foreign-based technologists to demonstrate their capabilities in real-time during the Tech Challenge, with winners awarded grants to implement a tool, locally, to address misinformation and disinformation challenges in the region. 

The U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center, in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Paris, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the U.K. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Office of the Tech Ambassador of Denmark, the Digital Communication Network, and Park Advisors and Disinfo Cloud.

It is being held as a two-part virtual event. Part I took place on June 22-25, 2021 during the DFRLab’s 360/ Open Summit, a multistakeholder conference promoting information security, inclusive and affirmative digital policy, and a digital economy. The conference provided participants an opportunity for virtual networking and partnership-building and also helped shape the call for submissions. Part II will take place virtually on September 29-30, 2021 where eight organizations will be given up to 25 minutes to present their solutions to a closed audience, followed by a question and answer session from a panel of judges.

The U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge aims to advance the development of promising and innovative technologies against disinformation and propaganda across the EEA and the UK. As such, only submissions from companies domiciled and headquartered in the EEA and UK will be considered.

Information about the eight finalists can be found here.

If you would like to attend Part II of the U.S.-Paris Tech Challenge on September 29-30, please email paristechchallenge@disinfocloud.com.


Past Events

U.S. – Africa Tech Challenge

Part I: April 28, 29 2021
Part II: May 11, 12 2021
The U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center’s two-part U.S. –  Africa Tech Challenge  will take place, virtually, in April and May 2021. The GEC’s Tech Challenges are hosted around the world and seek to highlight non-U.S. technologies for counter propaganda and disinformation use. The GEC and its foreign partners invite foreign-based technologists to demonstrate their capabilities in real-time during the Tech Challenge, with winners awarded grants to implement a tool, locally, to address misinformation and disinformation challenges in the region. The Tech Challenge is hosted by the GEC, in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Nairobi, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the European Union, Twitter, Ushahidi, Park Advisors and Disinfo Cloud, and Informa.

Part one of the U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge will feature eight companies (https://disinfocloud.com/blog/finalists-us-africa-tech-challenge-2021) from across Africa. These companies will demo their counter-disinformation solutions to a panel of judges and closed audience of government representatives, technologists, civil society, and academia. Up to three of the companies will be chosen to split a $250,000 award.

Part two of the U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge will be integrated as part of East Africa Com, one of the top events for digital communications, on May 11-12. The event will feature a number of panels on the topic of disinformation, including a special showcase and announcement of the winners of part one of the U.S.-Africa Tech Challenge.

For more information on this event, please visit: https://youtu.be/amSHpKMQ1VI , https://disinfocloud.com/blog/finalists-us-africa-tech-challenge-2021 

Tech Demos

May 5 (4.09), May 19 (4.10), June 2 (4.11), June 16 (4.12), June 30 (4.13)
The GEC/TET Tech Demos feature promising technologies to employ against the problems of propaganda and disinformation. The 100+ participating technologies have included psychological resilience tools, blockchain-based info validation tech, crowdsourced info vetting, social media monitoring, and much more. The Series serves as a “hub” to learn about CPD tools and share specific challenges, while building a network of representatives to enable situational awareness.

GEC Presents at Carnegie Endowment’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations

Nov 24, 2020
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations (PCIO) invited the Global Engagement Center to present at their Understanding Information Operations with Twitter Workshop Series on 24 November (Novel Methods for Analyzing and Categorizing IO Data, 11:00-1:30 EST). The workshop explores computational methods for analyzing IO data, with a view to improving the ability to identify and counter influence campaigns. The workshop is an opportunity to present original research seeking to improve how data is analyzed in support of countering disinformation and propaganda. As the primary author on an abstract that was submitted to the PCIO, the GEC used Twitter’s information operations IO dataset to highlight organizational capabilities in analysis that support counter propaganda and disinformation efforts. The method improves key elements of text-based topic modeling by 94.8 percent – a significant improvement over current analysis of Twitter content. Visit: https://carnegieendowment.org/specialprojects/counteringinfluenceoperations 

Tech Demo 3.18

Dec 2, 2020
The GEC/TET Tech Demos feature promising technologies to employ against the problems of propaganda and disinformation. The 82+ participating technologies have included psychological resilience tools, blockchain-based info validation tech, crowdsourced info vetting, social media monitoring, and much more. The Series serves as a “hub” to learn about CPD tools and share specific challenges, while building a network of representatives to enable situational awareness.

Tech Demo 3.19

Dec 9, 2020
The GEC/TET Tech Demos feature promising technologies to employ against the problems of propaganda and disinformation. The 82+ participating technologies have included psychological resilience tools, blockchain-based info validation tech, crowdsourced info vetting, social media monitoring, and much more. The Series serves as a “hub” to learn about CPD tools and share specific challenges, while building a network of representatives to enable situational awareness.

Tech Demo 3.14

Sep. 30, 2020
The GEC/TET Tech Demos feature promising technologies to employ against the problems of propaganda and disinformation. The 82+ participating technologies have included psychological resilience tools, blockchain-based info validation tech, crowdsourced info vetting, social media monitoring, and much more. The Series serves as a “hub” to learn about CPD tools and share specific challenges, while building a network of representatives to enable situational awareness.

Tech Demo 3.11

Aug.  19, 2020
The GEC/TET Tech Demos feature promising technologies to employ against the problems of propaganda and disinformation. The 82+ participating technologies have included psychological resilience tools, blockchain-based info validation tech, crowdsourced info vetting, social media monitoring, and much more. The Series serves as a “hub” to learn about CPD tools and share specific challenges, while building a network of representatives to enable situational awareness.

Tech Demo 3.10

Aug. 5, 2020
The GEC/TET Tech Demos feature promising technologies to employ against the problems of propaganda and disinformation. The 82+ participating technologies have included psychological resilience tools, blockchain-based info validation tech, crowdsourced info vetting, social media monitoring, and much more. The Series serves as a “hub” to learn about CPD tools and share specific challenges, while building a network of representatives to enable situational awareness.

SEMICON WEST

July 21- 22 2020
The Global Engagement Center’s Presidential Special Envoy & Coordinator, Lea Gabrielle, will present a live keynote address (“How Your Technology Will Protect Our World”) at the SEMICON West 50th anniversary conference on 22 July 2020. The theme of SEMICON West is to connect the entire extended electronics supply chain. Topics at the SEMICON anniversary conference include next-generation computing, big data/AI, AR/VR, healthcare and mobility.

Special Envoy Gabrielle’s speech aims to raise awareness of the GEC, educate members on the disinformation battle, inspire members to set standards for combatting disinformation, and encourage members to share their own knowledge on Disinfo Cloud.

The event will be held virtually, and is open to its 2000+ member companies, which includes the membership of over 25,000 individuals, including media personnel, analysts, executives, and designers. Approximately 500 members are expected to tune in for the Special Envoy’s keynote speech.

Additional speakers include former Google executive and technology advisor to President Obama, Megan Smith, Al Gore, inventor Dean Kamen, former chief futurist for Intel Steve Brown, IBM’s John E. Kelley III, and other distinguished leaders from industry and related markets.

Political Warfare Project

July 22, 2020
GEC will participate in the webinar series, the Political Warfare Project (PWP) on July 22, 2020. This twice-monthly virtual event, held by the DoD’s Information Operations Center for Research (IOCR) at the Naval Postgraduate School, is a moderated forum where top experts on operations in the information environment discuss strategy and policy issues related to the growing challenges the United States and its partners and allies face in the information domain. More info here: https://nps.edu/web/dod_iocr 

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