ATHENA is a Horizon Europe project that contributes to Europe’s defence against foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI). It aims at early detection of FIMI campaigns, and better understanding of the behavioural and societal effects of FIMI as well as the efficacy of deployed countermeasures before, during and after FIMI campaigns.

Project name: ATHENA

Funding programme: Horizon Europe Framework Programme

Call: HORIZON-CL2-2023-DEMOCRACY-01

Duration: 1 November 2023 – 31 October 2026

HIGHLIGHTS

Tackling FIMI in Europe

In today’s digital age, Europe is confronting sophisticated threats of Foreign Information Manipulation and Interference (FIMI) that seek to undermine our democratic values and disrupt societal cohesion. To counter these challenges, the EU has mobilised a suite of strategic initiatives, reflected in a diverse array of projects designed to analyse, educate, and empower.

Combatting Foreign Interference in Elections

ATHENA responds to the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy Inquiry into Defending Democracy.

Maintaining election integrity: EC’s big tech measures VLOPs and VLOSEs

Advances in technology threaten our democratic processes. How can we safeguard democracy?

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty

The observation attributed to Thomas Jefferson is truer than ever in this year, 2024, which is witnessing more elections than any other in history. More than 41 per cent of the world’s population is entitled to vote. Even where elections are “free”, they can be manipulated in many ways, from bribery to ballot-stuffing, from cyber attacks to foreign information manipulation to interference (FIMI).

ATHENA consortium meets to combat FIMI

On 12 February 2024, the ATHENA project convened a face-to-face meeting in Brussels to address the pressing issue of foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI).

ATHENA kicks off a fight against FIMI

The ATHENA project launched in November 2023. This €3 million, three-year project represents a strategic response by the European Union to the escalating threat of foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI).