Category: Internet freedom

Civic technology: defending democracy in the digital age

     

  Unless we take action, chatbots could seriously endanger our democracy, and not just when they go haywire, notes Jamie Susskind, a past fellow of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet… Read more »

‘Rogue actors’ making digital technology incompatible with democracy

     

  The internet is the technology paradox writ more monstrous than ever. It’s a nonpareil tool for learning, roving and constructive community-building. But it’s unrivaled, too, in the spread of… Read more »

Facebook ‘war room’ counters disinformation (but tech has corroded democracy)

     

Facebook is reportedly delighted with the performance of its anti-disinformation “war room” during Brazil’s presidential election. But despite Facebook’s stronger and more organized coordination of its effort to improve election-related… Read more »

‘Digital social contract’ will combat political disinformation

     

Russia has re-ignited its ideological battle with the West by waging a more insidious offensive: intrude on Western democratic processes and meddle in nations’ politics, according to Digital Warfare: Russia’s… Read more »

Can democrats restore ‘Internet’s Lost Promise’?

     

Russia has used information warfare to influence election outcomes with the aim of weakening the values, defenses and self-belief of Western democracies, notes Sir Peter Westmacott, a former British Ambassador… Read more »

Technology in service of ideology: exporting China’s ‘digital totalitarian state’

     

How do you effectively govern a country that’s home to one in five people on the planet, with an increasingly complex economy and society, if you don’t allow public debate,… Read more »

Beijing is exporting Great Firewall in effort to ‘tame’ Internet

     

Chinese authorities have detained a software developer for selling computer services that allow internet users to evade China’s “Great Firewall,” which blocks access to thousands of websites, from Facebook to… Read more »

Is Big Tech an ‘existential threat’ to democracy?

     

Are Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon becoming a threat to democracy?  The online tumult of the 2016 election fed into a growing suspicion of Silicon Valley’s dominance… Read more »

The Power and the Story: media’s claims on democratic legitimacy

     

  Journalism is in a delicate state in the world. The time at the turn of the century when it seemed to be secure in freedom, is gone. As June… Read more »

Hybrid warfare: ‘squelching Internet freedom’

     

Russia has breathed new life into the concept of war by other means. Using an increasingly diverse array of tactics, conventional and otherwise, the country has deftly wielded its political… Read more »