Category: digital democracy

‘Innovators and Emulators’: autocrats compounding digital authoritarianism


From Nicaragua’s adoption of Russia’s oppressive foreign agent law to Huawei’s provision of surveillance technology to Uganda, the Kremlin and China have been reliable exporters of authoritarian tactics and innovators in surveillance and repression.  Thanks… Read more »

World’s strongmen ‘bend social media to their will’


The world’s autocrats continue to bend social media to their will, according to Samuel Woolley, the author of “Manufacturing Consensus: Understanding Propaganda in the Era of Automation and Anonymity.” Despots have… Read more »

Decoding digital authoritarianism


Digital technologies hold tremendous potential to enhance societal wellbeing, including the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights, notes Harvard’s Ziyaad Bhorat. However, citizens, political leaders, and states are… Read more »