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Global Taskforce to Counter Digital Authoritarianism

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. China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran as well as Myanmar, Turkey, and India have emerged as key players in this field, using a multitude of practices to shape the information ecosystem and hold on to power. While governments, policymakers, academics, and research institutes have acknowledged the problem, initiatives remain largely uncoordinated, to the detriment of our fight against digital authoritarianism.

To fill this gap and build on its ongoing work on Digital Authoritarianism, MIGS seeks to create the Global Digital Authoritarianism Atlas (GDAA), a centralized platform bringing together existing and future global digital authoritarianism measurement data from 100+ countries. The platform will serve as a trustworthy source of information for activists, journalists, policy actors, and researchers.

The objectives of the Global Task Force on Digital Authoritarianism are as follows:

  • Conduct comprehensive research
  • Policy development and advocacy
  • Awareness and capacity building
  • Collaborative partnerships

MIGS has 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, and to help advise the GDAA’s funding and operational strategy.

The Task Force members are:

MIGS' Kyle Matthews, Marie Lamensch, Tim Zøllner, and Tayif Ahmed are also important contributers to this Task Force.

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