Protecting democracy in the digital age


Digital authoritarianism is challenging democracy, according to the NED’s International Forum. New forms of digital technology are becoming widely available, and are used to deepen state surveillance, tighten control over the internet, and shift global norms in ways that legitimize digital repression.

Key principles for a democratic response include:

  • Cultivating partnerships and collaboration.
  • Developing new norms.
  • Addressing crucial knowledge and capacity gaps.

Read more here, and explore the International Forum’s Emerging Technologies and Democracy portfolio.

Democracy journal hosts a virtual panel discussion on Protecting Democracy in the Digital Age, featuring:

  • Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler
  • President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on protecting human rights and democratic values in the digital age, Alexandra Givens
  • Director of the Center for Tech Responsibility at Brown University, the Deputy Director of the Data Science Initiative, and a professor of Computer Science and Data Science, Suresh Venkatasubramanian
  • Co-director of the Information Futures Lab, at the Brown University School of Public Health, Claire Wardle
  • Moderated by Issie Lapowsky, a journalist covering technology and politics.

Protecting Democracy in the Digital Age, Monday, May 15th, 2023. 3:00 p.m. ET RSVP.

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