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Russia and Iran’s Digital Authoritarian Playbook

Speaker series on digital authoritarianism

Thursday, November 18, 2021
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Amin Sabeti, Alina Polyakova


This event is free




Marie Lamensch



As the illiberal use of technologies threatens to reshape the balance of power, he Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is organizing a speaker series on digital authoritarianism. American and Canadian practitioners, researchers, and members of the private sector and civil society shine light on the strategies used by authoritarian states and discuss the pressing need for alliances between Canada, the U.S., and like-minded democratic countries.

After looking at digital authoritarianism in China, and the transnational nature of the phenomenon, the fifth event in our special series will shine light on digital authoritarian practices in Russia and Iran, including Internet control and foreign influence operations.

The event will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook — links will be sent out to participants ahead of the event.


  • Andrea Kendall-Taylor, senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security
  • Amin Sabeti, executive director of Digital Impact Lab, founder of CERTFA
  • Alina Polyakova, CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis

This virtual speaker series is part of MIGS' "Canada-U.S. Democracy and Human Rights Collaboration Initiative" funded by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

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