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MIGS launches Global Task Force to Counter Digital Authoritarianism

September 18, 2023
By Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) is excited to announce it has launched a Global Task Force to Counter Digital Authoritarianism. The Task Force members are:

  • Margaret McCuaig-Johnston (Senior Fellow in the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa)
  • Charles Mok (Visiting Scholar, Stanford Cyber Policy Center)
  • Chris Meserole (Director, Brookings Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative, Brookings)
  • Steven Feldstein (Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace),
  • Rafael Zanatta (Executive Director of Data Privacy Brasil Research Association)
  • Elizabeth Donkervoort (American Bar Association)
  • Yinka Adegoke (Editor, Semafor Africa)
  • Branka Panic (Founder and Executive Director, AI for PEACE)
  • Jesus Melendez Vicente (Senior Technical Advisor, Data and Digital Development at IRE)

From internet shutdowns and social media censorship to AI surveillance, spyware, and foreign influence campaigns, authoritarian and illiberal governments use new technologies to suppress human rights and erode democracy at home and abroad. While governments, policymakers, academics, and research institutes have acknowledged the problem, initiatives remain largely uncoordinated, to the detriment of our fight against digital authoritarianism.

MIGS has therefore assembled a task force of experts with expertise in the field of human rights and technology for consultations on emerging global trends in relations to digital authoritarianism.

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