DemTech Test Page

What role technology plays in global governance – whether it’s used to strengthen democracies or to advance authoritarian agendas – has become an essential question as we look to understand the future state of governance in our world. It’s become clear that the way government and civil society actors use technology plays a key role in whether the scales tip towards societies ruled by censorship, surveillance and suppression of free speech, or towards societies that live freely under democratic principles like freedom of expression, privacy and security, transparency, and equity and inclusion.

To better equip civil society and local government to use technology to strengthen the four democratic norms listed above, the Technology and Democracy team at the International Republican Institute (IRI) developed this resource to serve as an inspirational starting point for those closest to citizens – local government and civil society – to begin to think concretely about actionable steps they can take to use technology in ways that reinforce and advance democratic norms in their context.

By navigating through the series of questions below that are tailored to your role as either a civil society or local government actor, you will be presented with a set of actionable steps for consideration to make technology a tool for advancing key democratic norms. You will find case studies and resources accompanying many of the actionable steps to help you think through how you can take one or more of the steps in your context and work. We encourage you to concretely consider how the steps we suggest could be advanced in your community.

This resource was inspired and informed by the Anthology for A Future of Tech-Enabled Democracy, developed by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and IRI, and informed by the perspectives of over 500 journalists, activists, civil society, government officials and other democracy actors regarding the norms and actionable steps they hope to see for the future of democracy.

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