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Digital Authoritarianism

Authoritarian governments leverage digital technologies to repress the rights and freedoms of their citizens at home, silence dissent among diasporas and other individuals beyond their borders, and to interfere in democratic governments, processes and institutions abroad. Left uncontested, the damaging abuse of technologies will further lead to a decline of human rights worldwide. 

 

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Publications

Report: "Digital Authoritarianism: Pathways, Trends, Solutions." Jessica Brandt. Report prepared for the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. 

MIGS would like to thank the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa for the support of the Countering Digital Authoritarianism Initiative, which led to the publication of this report.

 

Articles

Marie Lamensch. “In Latin America, Youthful Branding Meets Authoritarian Populism,” Centre for International Governance Innovation, 21 March, 2022. 

Kyle Matthews and Lauren Salim. “Why Canadians need to take digital disinformation seriously,” The Hill Times, March 29, 2021. 

Kyle Matthews. “Will Canada Finally Take a Stand Against China’s Totalitarian Use of Tech?”, The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, 3 February 2022. 

Marie Lamensch. “Authoritarianism Has Been Reinvented for the Digital Age,” Centre for International Governance Innovation, 9 July 2021.

Marie Lamensch. “The Cost of an Internet Shutdown”, Centre for International Governance Innovation, March 9, 2021. 

Kyle Matthews and George Tsagaroulis. “Why Canada must confront the rise of digital authoritarianism,” OpenCanada.org, November 18, 2020. 


Virtual Events

Our Countering Digital Authoritarianism Initiative, supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, is a speaker series that examines the strategies used by authoritarian states and their impact on populations at home and abroad, and discuss the pressing need for alliances between Canada, the United States, and like-minded democratic countries.

Speakers Series on Digital Authoritarianism

Podcast Episodes

Internet Shutdowns and #KeepItOn with Felicia Anthonio, AccessNow. Listen here.

Digital Authoritarianism with Caitlin Thompson, Coda Story. Listen here.

Internet shutdowns with Peter Guest, Rest of the World. Listen here.

Sharp Power with Kevin Sheives and Rachelle Faust, International Forum for Democratic Studies. Listen here.

What’s next? – US-Canada relationship to confront digital authoritarianism. Listen here.

Digital Authoritarianism Without Borders. Listen here.

The Great Firewall: China’s model of digital control. Listen here.

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