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Kanishk Karan is a Research Associate at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). At the DFRLab, Karan analyzes online disinformation campaigns with a special focus on disinformation targeting elections. He is one of the first researchers to study the Russian Twitter troll farm that meddled in the 2016 US elections. Karan’s work has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters and others.


He is passionate about using open-source methods to counter disinformation. His work features open-source techniques that lays out facts for anyone to verify, building a better sense of assurance among readers.

RECENT: Kanishk joined a discussion with Barkha Dutt (journalist), Ankhi Das (Facebook India and South Asia Public Policy Head), Mariam Wardak (HerAfghanistan), Sumaiya Shaikh (CSAN, Linkoping University), Viktoriia Romaniuk (Deputy Chief Editor StopFake)