Democracy + Tech Initiative, DFRLab


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Subject tag: Algorithmic systems | Child safety | Data Access | Disinformation and misinformation | Government transparency | Privacy and data protection

Region: Global

The Democracy + Tech Initiative creates policy practices that align global stakeholders toward tech and governance that reinforces, rather than undermines, open societies. It builds on the DFRLab’s established track record and leadership in the open-source field, empowering global communities to promote transparency and accountability online and around the world. The Initiative examines how the tech that connects and informs people is funded, built, and governed, and how that affects the viability of rights-respecting and democratic societies around the world.

Connective technologies are ubiquitous in modern life, and the ways in which governments use, promote, and regulate them is central to the global order. As many nations embrace an increasingly forceful authoritarian approach to these issues, the need for a powerful, coherent, and actionable democratic approach has never been greater.

The Democracy + Tech Initiative is designed to:

Center human rights and democracy in tech and policy debates;  

Shape what happens next by looking beyond the current tech and democracy flash points; 

Ensure decisions about global tech include equities and stakeholders around the world; 

Connect and align siloed communities and issues in government, industry, and civil society; and  

Elevate a new generation of diverse leaders with crosscutting expertise to shape policy and industry outcomes.