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Please find below a record of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation's previous activities, reports and media engagements.

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2021

Podcast

Anders Fogh Rasmussen was featured in the podcast series "Reimagining American Democracy" where he discussed what role should American democracy play on the world stage today, and how could this engagement in turn help to strengthen democracy in the US.

Watch the full episode here.

In the news

It's time for an alliance of democracies

Our executive director, Jonas Parello-Plesner and Ash Jain from Atlantic Council were featured in The Hill and provided insights on Biden's Summit for Democracy.

"The summit was useful to begin conversations on how to confront the daunting challenges facing the free world. But it is not sufficient. The time has come to establish an Alliance of Democracies that would bring together the United States and its allies in Europe and the Indo-Pacific, and other willing democracies worldwide that share common interests and values and are prepared to act."

Read the full article here.

Upcoming event

Foreign & Domestic Meddling in the German Election 2021 - Lessons learned and the way ahead for Europe -

Political parties and their candidates are at the forefront of defending the integrity of elections and democracy. But they were not the only ones in the crosshairs of malicious interference attempts in the recent Bundestag election. The credibility of the election itself was also called into question by the huge amount of disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks.

Against this backdrop, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and its Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) have now released a condensed summary of the most important foreign and domestic interference activities in the context of the recent Bundestag's election: the “Election Risk Monitor – Germany 2021”.

On this occasion, the Alliance of Democracies in cooperation with Microsoft would like to invite you to the virtual presentation and discussion of the  Election Risk Monitor – Germany 2021 on Thursday, 16th December 2021 at 10:00-11:30 am CET

Based on the key findings from the German election, we want to look ahead and discuss how the EU and its member states can further shape our digital societies in the coming years while at the same time protecting them against attacks from the outside as well from the inside. With a heavy European digital agenda in place for the upcoming year, ranging from the DSA, the recent draft on transparency for political advertising, and the strengthened EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, we want to put our findings in the larger context of how the EU and its Member States can improve the protection of election integrity in the digital age.

Welcoming Remarks: Līga Rozentāle, Senior Director, European Governmental Affairs, Microsoft

  • Viola von Cramon, INGE Committee, Member of the European Parliament
  • Lutz Güllner, Head of Division, Strategic Communication, European External Action Service
  • Felix Kartte, Senior Advisor, Reset.Tech
  • Moderator: Olaf Böhnke, Berlin Director & Senior Advisor of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI), Alliance of Democracies Foundation
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    For further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

    Register here.

     

    Report Launch

    An Alliance of Democracies: From concept to reality in an era of strategic competition

    By Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig, and Jonas Parello-Plesner

    This is the third in a five-part series of Atlantic Council publications calling for the United States and its allies to revitalize the rules-based international system and establish new institutions to strengthen cooperation among democracies to succeed in an era of strategic competition.

    The first, Present at the Re-Creation: A Global Strategy for Revitalizing, Adapting, and Defending a Rules-Based International System, sets forth an overarching global strategy for the United States and its allies that focuses on the need to strengthen cooperation among democracies, while simultaneously seeking to engage other global powers in areas of common interest.

    The second, From the G7 to a D-10: Strengthening Democratic Cooperation for Today’s Challenges, proposes the creation of a new D-10 as a core group of leading democracies to develop joint strategies for addressing today’s most pressing global challenges.

    This report makes the case for an Alliance of Democracies and draws on relevant sections from these two publications.

    Read the full report here.

    Upcoming event

    On December 9–10, President Joe Biden will host a Summit for Democracy, a virtual event to which the leaders of more than one hundred democracies worldwide have been invited. The Summit convenes as the world enters what Biden has framed as a broad global struggle between democracy and autocracy.

    Autocratic powers, particularly China and Russia, have become more assertive in challenging rules-based international order. Democracies are on the defensive as they seek to contend with these threats, with many facing their own internal challenges. To succeed in this new era, the United States and its democratic allies and partners must find new ways to strengthen cooperation.

    Is it time for a new Alliance of Democracies? What would be the purpose and mission of such an alliance? Which nations should be included? In light of the upcoming summit, is there a feasible way to bring this alliance to life?

    On December 7, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, will release a report, An Alliance of Democracies: From Concept to Reality in an Era of Strategic Competition, by Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig, and Jonas Parello-Plesner.

    Please join us for an engaging discussion on the upcoming Summit for Democracy and the potential to establish an Alliance of Democracies. This virtual public event will take place from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, December 7. Make your voice heard on Twitter using the hashtag #AllianceofDemocracies.

    Featuring:

    • Hon. Anders Fogh Rasmussen
      Founder, Alliance of Democracies Foundation; Former Prime Minister of Denmark; Former NATO Secretary General
    • Hon. Johannes Vogel
      Deputy Chair, Free Democratic Party, German Bundestag, Germany
    • Mr. Ash Jain
      Director for Democratic Order, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
    • Mr. Jonas Parello-Plesner
      Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation
    • Dr. Emma Ashford
      Senior Fellow, New American Engagement Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

    Register here.

     

    Report Launch

    Election Risk Monitor – Germany 2021

    The Alliance of Democracies Foundation and its Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) have now released a condensed summary of the most important foreign and domestic interference activities in the context of the recent Bundestag's election: the “Election Risk Monitor – Germany 2021”.

    Based on the key findings from the German election, we want to look ahead and discuss how the EU and its member states can further shape our digital societies in the coming years while at the same time protecting them against attacks from the outside as well from the inside. With a heavy European digital agenda in place for the upcoming year, ranging from the DSA, the recent draft on transparency for political advertising, and the strengthened EU Code of Practice on Disinformation, we want to put our findings in the larger context of how the EU and its Member States can improve the protection of election integrity in the digital age.

    Read the full report here.

    In the Media

    At Alliance of Democracies, we promote democracy as a means to prosperity, security & freedom. 

    In response to the decision to leave Afghanistan, our founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark and former Secretary General of NATO, finds that the exit strategy undermined the combined Afghan and Western efforts to build a stable democracy. 

    “We have violated three basic principles. First, don’t tell the enemy when you’re going to withdraw. Second, don’t abandon your friends. Third, don’t spurn the efforts and sacrifice of your troops.” 

    More here.

    Happy International Democracy Day!

    The Alliance of Democracies Foundation and our founder, Anders Fogh Rasmussen wishes you all a happy International Democracy Day!

    Check out a message from our founder - “Democracy means freedom, peace and prosperity. In short, the best system of governance in the world”.

    That’s why our Copenhagen Charter proposes three specific areas for supporting and defending democracy:

    1. Collectively pushing back on authoritarianism
    2. Making tech work for democracy
    3. Standing up for democracy’s champions

    We were happy to have NDI's Derek Mitchell & IRI's Daniel Twining co-sign it with us.

    This is our contribution to Democracy Day, what is yours?

    If the charter resonates with you as well, sign up here.

    Podcast Series

    For our German speaking audience, we launched our mini-podcast series, the „W.I.P.-Talks“ covering the integrity of the German 2021 federal election.

    Episode #1:"Neuland: die Pandemie, Wahlintegrität, und Deutschland vor der Bundestagswahl".

    Episode #2: Das Desinformationsnetz: Trends, Akteure und Bedrohungen vor der #BTW2021

    Follow us on Spotify here.

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    How to Unite the World’s Democratic Forces

    President Biden has promised to convene a Summit for Democracy and to renew the spirit and shared purpose of the nations of the free world. The hope is that this Summit will not be merely a one-off event, but set an agenda for democratic renewal.

    UK Prime Minister Johnson has during his chairmanship of the Group of Seven (G7) included democratic allies such as Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea. This could lead to the formation of a Democracies 10/11, which would strengthen cooperation among the world’s major democracies.

    The Alliance of Democracies Foundation was founded to unite the world’s democratic forces to counter rising authoritarianism and at the 2021 Copenhagen Democracy Summit, launched the Copenhagen Charterwhich proposes three specific areas for returning democratic multilateralism to its ascendancy.

    And the Coalition for a World Security Community of Democracies (CWSC)

    proposes a permanent forum open to leaders of all countries committed to democracy, human rights and international law. The OECD could be its implementing arm on economic issues, and NATO, which should become a global military alliance, on security issues. It could evolve into a global community on the European model and become an island of freedom, peace and prosperity in a turbulent world, attracting an ever growing membership.

    Join the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in partnership with the Coalition for a World Security Community (CWSC) for an exciting discussion about making these approaches to an alliance of democracies work in practice from the G7 Summit to the Summit for Democracy. Join us on Wednesday, June 9th from 2:00 - 3:00 pm CET/1:00-2:00pm BST/ 8:00 – 9:00am ET.

    • Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Alliance of Democracies Foundation and former NATO Secretary General and Prime Minister of Denmark
    • Lord Mark Sedwill, G7 Envoy for Economic Resilience and former Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor to Boris Johnson
    • Ash JainSenior Fellow, Atlantic Council
    • Didier Jacobs, Vice-President of the Coalition for a World Security Community of democratic nations
    • Vivian Salama, National Security Reporter, Wall Street Journal

    Register to join here.

    In the news

    Our founder, Anders Fogh Rassmussen spoke to CNN about the concerning situation in Afghanistan. The objective of the NATO withdrawal was right as Afghans should decide the future of Afghanistan. But the timing is wrong following last year’s deal with the Taliban which committed the USA to a timetable.

    We should continue to support the Afghan security forces with targeted air strikes, equipment, training and by keeping Kabul airport secure. And we should - without hesitation - help those Afghans who supported NATO forces as interpreters and in other roles. For me this is not only the right thing to do but also important for our credibility in the future.

    We have made progress in Afghanistan, especially for women and girls, and all of that is now at stake if the Taliban advance continues. We’ve seen in the past that events in Afghanistan do not stay in Afghanistan and the consequences of our withdrawal could be widespread, from terrorism to organised crime, drug trafficking and migratory flows.

    Watch the full segment here.

    Podcast

    On the sidelines of the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, the Summit's host Jeanne Meserve invited Anders Fogh Rasmussen to the SpyTalk podcast to discuss combatting “psychological warfare” disinformation attacks from Russia, China, Iran and even Venezuela.

    Download the podcast here.

    Welcome to Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021

    The fourth Copenhagen Democracy Summit (CDS) will convene May 10th/11th in hybrid format with contributions from political, business and media leaders around the world.

    The summit, an initiative of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, comes as President Biden – who himself opened the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit in 2018 – prepares a global Summit for Democracy later this year.

    Convened by the 12th NATO Secretary General (2009-2014) and 24th Danish Prime Minister (2001-2009) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, CDS2021 will be moderated by Politico's Ryan Heath and former ABC and CNN correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

    The first day of the Summit, will cover authoritarianism, rule of law, tech and democracy, freedom of expression and US leadership. Guests will hear from prominent individuals on the frontlines of defending democracy. We dedicate Tuesday, May 11th to discussing election integrity, disinformation and social media regulation in partnership with the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Data Privacy (IGCD) and featuring a range of policymakers, experts, and members from our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

    Find the latest agenda and speaker information here.

    Podcast

    For our Danish audience:

    Tune in and listen to the latest episode of Genstart, where Knud Brix talks with our founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen about Chinese sanctions, our Copenhagen Democracy Summit, and the need for democracies to stand tall and united against the world's autocrats.
    You can find the episode here.

    Press Release

    Election meddling: US Sanctions welcomed by transatlantic body co-founded by Biden

    Press Release: April 15, 2021

    The Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) welcome US sanctions against Russia for its meddling in the 2020 U.S. election.

    Michael Chertoff and Anders Fogh Rasmussen believe the Biden administration is making good on its promise and delivering a clear message that meddling and hacking comes with costs.

    The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) was co-founded by Biden, Chertoff and Rasmussen in 2018 to unite transatlantic efforts in the fight against foreign election meddling.

    Before announcing his candidacy for President, Joe Biden worked with the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity to develop a pledge for all candidates to sign, committing not to aid and abet foreign malign powers. Candidate Biden launched the pledge in 2019 and signed it himself after announcing his presidential run.

    Update

    Next stop, Germany: TCEI to engage with policymakers and civil society ahead of September’s election 

    Germans take to the polls in September 2021, and given that the nation will elect a new head of government some 16 years after Chancellor Angela Merkel first entered office, the election poses an opportunity for foreign and domestic election meddling.  

    In early March 2021, media reports revealed that hackers, operating mostly from abroad, orchestrated a series of attacks during her party’s leadership convention. Meanwhile, the European External Action Service recently published a comprehensive report detailing over 700 recorded cases of disinformation targeting Germany since 2015, providing solid evidence of systematic Russian disinformation campaigns against Germany at the hands of pro-Kremlin media outlets, as well as formal and political actors. Russian-backed media outlets are pouring money into their German-language offerings, and new studies indicate that the average German voter has difficulties differentiating between journalism, commentary, political advertisements and misinformation online. 

    German society is resilient, and the country’s authorities are well prepared for such challenges, but there is still much that can be done to increase awareness among political parties, their candidates and the general public about these multifaceted threats to election integrity. That's why the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and its Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity will be launching a slate of localized initiatives and tools in the coming weeks and months to engage with Germany’s citizens and its policy community. We aim to draw attention to these issues, amplify trustworthy research and analysis, increase media literacy, and provide concrete support and recommendations for preserving election integrity and defending democracy.  

    Follow us on social media, or sign up for our newsletter, to stay up to date on our activities in Germany ahead of September's election, which will include localized German versions of our flagship "Pledge for Election Integrity” and our online political game "The Disinformation Diaries." You can also learn more from our founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen's interview in this week's edition of German news magazine Der Spiegel. 

     

    In the news

    Germans take to the polls in September. In an interview this week with news magazine Der Spiegel, our Chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed Germany's strengths and vulnerabilities during its "super election year" and announced our activities in Germany in the run-up to election day, including localized German versions of our flagship "Pledge for Election Integrity” and our online political game "The Disinformation Diaries."

     "The German public is quite resilient, so influence operations will need to be very targeted and intensive to be successful. But the recent increase in disinformation is very alarming.

    Read the full interview here or visit our website to learn more about our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity program and our initiatives in Germany ahead of September’s election.

    Launch

    Online Course: Disinformation and Deepfakes

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to tell facts from fiction and technological advances are making it harder to trust even what we see with our own eyes. Election interference is by no means a new phenomenon, and the use of disinformation to change opinions of voters or sway the outcome of elections is a strategy as old as democracy itself. But recent years have seen an exponential increase of attention directed towards foreign disinformation campaigns, primarily spurred on by the Russian intervention in the 2016 US presidential election. A form of artificial intelligence and synthetic media – so-called “Deepfakes” – might take this global threat to election integrity to a dangerous new level.

    We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with CanopyLAB to create a FREE online course about disinformation and deepfakes.

    What will you learn?

    ☑️ Why politicians are increasingly concerned about the impact of dis- and misinformation

    ☑️ What deepfakes are and how they can be identified

    ☑️ How and why deepfakes are so dangerous

    ☑️ What is being done to curb its negative effects

        How do I take the course?

    1. Head over to CanopyLAB and create your FREE account
    2. Once you have your account all set up, go to the search bar and type 'Alliance of Democracies' and follow us - so you can stay up to date with all the news!
    3. Then, find our course titled "The global threat of disinformation to democracy and how AI might make it even worse." Then go ahead, explore it, learn from it, and let us know what you think
    In the news

    Our Executive Director, Jonas Parello-Plesner hosted POLITICO's China Watcher and on President Biden's European tour.

    "Biden arrived in Europe at a time when disenchantment with China runs deep."

    - Jonas Parello-Plesner

    Read the full piece here.

    Press Release

    Rasmussen: "China sanctions will not stop our work for freedom and democracy"

    Press Release: Monday, March 22, 2021 

    Responding to the news that the People’s Republic of China has placed sanctions on the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, the AoD’s founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said:

    We will never give in to bullying by authoritarian states.

    Our work to promote freedom, democracy and human rights around the world will continue.  
    “China has once again highlighted the urgent need for democracies to unite in stemming the tide of autocracy in our world.”

     

    In the news
    In a recent piece featured in Project Syndicate, our Chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined that a democratic high-tech alliance should be on the agenda for Biden’s Summit for Democracy.
    "Digital divergence between the United States and the European Union has helped China and other autocracies as they forge ahead with developing new technologies and establishing rules and norms. Leaders on both sides of the Atlantic must now build a technological alliance of democracies to set more favorable global rules." 

    Read the full article here.

    Press Release

    Former NATO Chief: Integrated Review shows Britain returning to global leadership role 

    16th March 2021 -- Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the UK’s long-awaited Integrated Review puts the UK back in a global leadership role.

    Rasmussen, who now chairs the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, promoting democracy around the world, said:

    “Britain and America are returning to global leadership roles. This fills me with optimism for the future of the free world and global democracy.

    “The Integrated Review puts the UK at the heart of the big geopolitical challenges facing our planet, from Russia’s aggression to China’s defiance of our global rules-based order and economic coercion. The real test of Global Britain is in shaping an international order that will take the wind out of the autocrats’ sails. 

    “The free world has missed the UK’s active engagement, with Brexit taking up a lot of bandwidth. But in recent months we’ve seen Global Britain taking shape with its G7 Presidency, increased defence spending, and its support for democracy in Hong Kong. This Integrated Review is good for Britain, transatlantic relations, NATO, and the free world.”

    Invitation

    Denver Democracy Summit, February 25-26

    Recent events in the U.S. and around the world have demonstrated the promise and fragility of democracy in stark terms. On February 25-26, 2021 the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation will bring together diverse individuals from across the political spectrum who are dedicated to protecting and promoting democratic ideals. We invite you to join us virtually for timely conversations at the inaugural Denver Democracy Summit.

    The Denver Democracy Summit is a complement to the annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit organized by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and to be held May 10-11, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information, please visit the Alliance of Democracies website.

    Register to join here

    In the news

    Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director at the Alliance of Democracies Foundation recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal about how an 'Economic Article 5' is needed to counter China and how an attack on wines from Australia is an attack on democracy.

    "The free world can and should do more, by agreeing to an “economic Article 5”—similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Article 5, which states that a military attack on one ally is considered an attack on all."

    Read the full article here.

    In the news

    "The Capitol insurrection gave the world’s democracies a glimpse of our own mortality, but it can be a catalyst for revival".

    Our Founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen wrote for the Foreign Policy on the importance of Joe Biden's democracy summit to rebuild democracies from within.

    Read the full article here.

     

    2020

    In the news

    "The Capitol insurrection gave the world’s democracies a glimpse of our own mortality, but it can be a catalyst for revival".

    Our Founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen wrote for the Foreign Policy on the importance of Joe Biden's democracy summit to rebuild democracies from within.

    Read the full article here.

     

    Report Launch

    The Alliance of Democracies Foundation  launches its Election Risk Monitor addressing the 2020 parliamentary elections in Georgia (Europe). The report examines Georgia’s persisting vulnerabilities against foreign election meddling through the lens of four key aspects: disinformation in social media, the level of media literacy of Georgian citizens, the state of election related cyber security and foreign links into party funding.

    Even the report concludes that these elections have not seen a major overt interference operation, it clearly discloses the system of subliminal infiltration established by pro-Kremlin proxies which impacted this pivotal elections.

    With this report, the TCEI evaluates its engagement in Georgia as the facilitator of the Pledge for Election Integrity, the gold standard of ethical and transparent election campaigning in the digital age. Assessment of the parties’ adherence to the decent and transparent campaign principles is one of the objectives of the report.

    Key recommendations:

    - Secure the “guardian role” of the Georgian parliament
    - Strengthen the system of oversight and prosecution on illegal and foreign funding of party finances
    - Enhance state cyber defense capacities
    - Improve the level of digital media literacy on election interference and disinformation
    - Continue and expand civil resilience against election interference
    - Ensure more transparency through the cooperation with Social Media platforms

    Read the full report here.

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    New challenges for media freedom and democracy: how to protect the open information ecosystem in the age of “alternative” facts and truths?

    On Friday, November 13th, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Embassy, Copenhagen hosted a discussion on the new challenges for media freedom and democracy.

    With information traveling faster than ever and new actors – like social media platforms - responsible for the distribution of news, the old model for gatekeeping of news content carried out by journalists and publishers has been disrupted. In order to cope with this new challenge and the threat of disinformation to traditional media, especially in the run-up to elections, news organizations need to prepare for how to efficiently and responsibly cover and counter false, misleading, and hacked information. Often, the information will be newsworthy. Expecting reporters to refrain from covering news goes against core principles of professional journalism and the practical business drivers that shape the intensely competitive media marketplace.

    This webinar invited online and offline journalists to share their experiences and elaborate on their ideas and principles of how to maintain professional reporting standards in times of ubiquitous disinformation. Though the threats to media freedom are real, in this webinar we will discuss how to protect the concept of free media as the backbone of democracies worldwide in the age of “alternative” facts and truths.

    • Lisbeth Knudsen, Editor-in-chief, Mandag Morgen
    • Chine Labbe, Managing Editor, Europe, NewsGuard
    • Craig Silverman, Media Editor, Buzzfeed News, Toronto
    • Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer, Stanford University, former correspondent for the Washington Post, Bloomberg News and the Jerusalem Post
    • Moderation: Allan Rock, Member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, President Emeritus at the University of Ottawa (2008-2016), Canadian Ambassador to the UN (2004-2006) and Canadian Health Minister (1997-2002)

    Watch the full discussion here

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    Resilience against Election Interference- Parliamentary Elections in Georgia 2020

    On October 28th, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and Microsoft's Defending Democracy Program hosted an event discussing the resilience against election interference ahead of the Parliamentary elections in Georgia. Over recent years, foreign interference – including from Russian state and non-state actors - in democratic elections and political processes of other countries has become a concern for democracies worldwide. In Russia’s immediate neighborhood, however, this phenomenon is not new. In Georgia, in addition to military action, the Kremlin has been waging information warfare, targeting democratic processes and the citizens that participate in them.

    On October 31, Georgia is going to the polls, and it is anticipated to be a pivotal parliamentary election. However, democratic elections present prominent opportunities for bad actors to undermine the trust and belief of a country’s people in their state institutions. This exclusive session invited representatives of Georgia's government and parliament, international tech companies, local and international civil society groups and election management organizations to asses and discuss election resilience on the eve of the Georgian election.
    The session featured opening remarks by Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation and moderated by Mariam Chikhaldze, Election Integrity Fellow in Georgia, Alliance of Democracies Foundation.
    The session featured experts including:
    - Keti Maisuradze, Country Director, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
    - Nino Rizhamadze, Head of Social Media Monitoring Project, International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED)
    - Dave Leichtman, Director, Defending Democracy Program, Microsoft Digital Diplomacy

    On October 31, Georgians will go to the polls to determine their future. These Parliamentary elections will happen  at a pivotal moment. To disrupt Georgia’s democratic development and the process of European and NATO integration, also foreign powers are targeting the upcoming elections.

      The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) initiated the Pledge for Election Integrity to encourage political parties and candidates to commit to their voters that they will not aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy. Ahead of the elections, we translated and adapted the Disinformation Diaries into Georgian to help improve the media literacy of political candidates and their staff especially as it pertains to election integrity by helping them develop practical skills for navigating disinformation.

    Check out the Georgian version here 

    Pledge for Election Integrity

    Support from Members of the European Parliament Anna Fotyga and Marina Kaljura

    Political parties and their candidates are on the front lines of democracy and election interference. For this reason, we appreciate the clear messages by MEP Marina Kaljurand and MEP Ana Fotyga to all Georgian officials ahead of the elections in Georgia on October 31 to deliver on their commitments to hold fair, open and transparent elections.
    Since its independence, Georgia has proven its commitment to democratic development and became a valued member of the global family of democracies. The upcoming parliamentary elections will happen at a pivotal moment in time. The risk of malign election interference and targeted disinformation activities to exploit the vulnerabilities of Georgian society during the campaign period must not be underestimated!
    Visit www.electionpledge.org for more information.

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    China’s Pressure on Democracies and How to Respond – Transatlantic Perspectives

    The Chinese regime has shown increasing capacity not just to trample on its own citizens’ rights but also to intervene in established democracies. The pandemic has underlined how China airbrushes facts and tries to yield the world to its distorted narratives. In the US, the Trump-administration has hardened its policy on China with Secretary Pompeo in the lead on calling out the Chinese Communist Party and on both sides of the aisle in Congress and in the general public, perceptions of China have dimmed. In Canada, attitudes are changing too. Canada’s Foreign Minister top priority is the immediate release of two Canadian citizens who were arbitrarily detained by China. This is seen as an affront not only to the rights of the individuals but to all liberal democracies and the values they represent. In Denmark, the Chinese embassy put pressure unsuccessfully for a statue outside Parliament supporting Hong Kong’s demonstrators to be removed and putting pressure on Danish' students academic freedom of expression. There is an urgent need for joined transatlantic responses to such value challenges from China. Recently, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), an international cross-party group of legislators working towards reform on how democratic countries approach China announced two Danish co-chairs, Katarina Ammitzbøll and Uffe Elbæk and two members, Karsten Hønge and Naser Khader from across the Danish political spectrum. This virtual discussion was an opportunity to bring together representatives from US, Canada and Europe for a transatlantic discussion to discuss strategies in different countries on how to defend democracy and liberal values against authoritarian encroachment.

    The event hosted experts including:
    • Michael J. Abramowitz, President, Freedom House
    • Katarina Ammitzbøll, Member of the Folketing for the Conservative Party
    • Uffe Elbæk, Member of the Folketing and former Minister of Culture and a Member of the Independent Greens
    • Garnett Genuis, Member of the Canadian Parliament, Canada’s Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Canada-China relations
    Moderator:
    • Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation

    Watch the full session here

    Launch Event

    One month prior to the parliamentary elections in Georgia, The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) initiates the Pledge for Election Integrity to encourage political parties and candidates to commit to their voters that they will not aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy. See the pledge at electionpledge.org 

    The chairman of the Commission, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, joined by other members of the TCEI together with the chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Archil Talakvadze, officially launched the initiative and invited all political candidates presenting themselves for the parliamentary elections to take the Pledge.

    The virtual event featured the following high-level speakers:

    • Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, Chair of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014), Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009)
    • Mr. Archil Talakvadze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
    • Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, President of Estonia (2006-2016)
    • Ms. Natalie Jaresko, Member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto, Minister of Finance of Ukraine (2014-2016)

    Watch the full event here

    Press Release

    Elections still face risk of foreign interference on both sides of the Atlantic, high-level commission warns

    A transatlantic, bi-partisan group of political, tech, business and media leaders are warning that neither side of the Atlantic is adequately prepared for the next wave of election meddling coming their way in 20+ major elections before 2020. The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) includes a former NATO Chief, US Homeland Security Secretary, US Vice-President, heads of state and senior political, media and tech figures.

    Read more

    Election Integrity Fellow

    We are delighted to welcome our new Election Integrity Fellow, Mariam Chikhladze who will lead our Georgia Election Project.

    Previously, Mariam was working at the International Republican Institute (IRI) as a Senior Program Associate, covering Georgia and Armenia programs from DC. Earlier, in 2015-2017, she was managing the Democracy Education Program at the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) Eastern European Neighborhood Office in Tbilisi. Mariam has also completed the Edmund Muskie Program fellowship in the Center for the Future of the Liberal Society at Hudson Institute. Awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship, Mariam Chikhladze graduated from the Bush School of Public Service and Government, Texas A&M University, holding a Master's Degree in Public Policy Analysis. Earlier in 2013, Mariam graduated from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, School of Law, and Politics with a Master's Degree in International Politics and Diplomacy. Her professional interests lay in security affairs, institution building, and democratic development issues.

    Election Integrity Fellow (September - November 2020)

    Statement

    On September 15, 2020, The Alliance of Democracies chairman Anders Fogh Rasmussen shared his thoughts on International Democracy Day. He rightfully states: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

    Therefore, the Alliance of Democracies was delighted to support and sign the Call to #DefendDemocracy by National Endowment for Democracy.

    Watch the clip here

    Statement

    Statement by the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity on US Presidential Elections 

    In the lead up to the US Presidential Elections, members of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity have issued a statement warning how election interference stands as a major threat to democracy and outlining steps needed to protect and secure election integrity.
    Statement signed by TCEI Co-Chairs Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff and TCEI members: Eileen Donahoe, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Natalie Jaresko, John Kerry, Tanit Koch, Jeanne Meserve, John Negroponte, Allan Rock, Marietje Schaake, and Joanna Shields.

    Read the full statement here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

    Check out our highlights from this year’s inspiring speakers all in support of defending democracy at our virtual edition of Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020.

    We discussed how we need to come together in defense of democracy and freedom in order to face challenges related to the authoritarian resurgence by both China and Russia, the escalating tensions in Hong Kong and Taiwan, the US’s role as a global leader and how tech can support democracy.

    Watch the recap here.

    Press

    Meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Denmark this week to discuss how to strengthen the spine of democracies against the forces of autocracy. Alliance of Democracies also hosted the Secretary of State at the recent Copenhagen Democracy Summit.

    Watch the full session here

    Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

    Test your media literacy skills

    The Disinformation Diaries is a game-based media literacy tool players can use to understand how disinformation and deepfakes can interfere with democratic elections.

    The goal of the project is to increase the media literacy of political candidates and their staff especially as it pertains to election integrity by helping them develop practical skills for navigating disinformation.

    The Disinformation Diaries was designed and developed by Ora D. Tanner, an Election Integrity fellow with the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity. This unique mini-course was part of her research on ways new media can be used for disinformation education and to increase media literacy as it relates to elections interference by deepfakes.

    Test your skills here.

    Announcement

    Alliance of Democracies joins call to Defend Democracy

    The Alliance of Democracies joins more than 500 political, civil leaders, Nobel Laureates and pro-democracy institutions that have signed an open letter to defend democracy, warning that the freedoms we cherish are under threat from governments that are using the crisis to tighten their grip on power.

    Read the full Call to Defend Democracy here

    For more information, visit www.idea.int

    On Thursday, June 18th the Copenhagen Democracy Summit hosted Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA and other democracy partners to discuss the current issues affecting today's democracies. 

    Watch the full session here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

    Day 2: Defending Democracy during COVID-19

    On Friday, June 19th we hosted global leaders and democracy supporters including President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 蔡英文 Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová, NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, Former US Secretary of States John Kerry and Madeleine Albright,  Australian Prime Minister (2015-2018) Malcolm Turnbull, Chairman of Novo Nordisk Lars Rebien Sørensen, Microsoft President Brad Smith and many more! 

    The Summit was convened by the 12th NATO Secretary General (2009-2014) and 24th Danish Prime Minister (2001-2009) Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and moderated by Politico's Ryan Heath, former ABC and CNN correspondent Jeanne Meserve and Lisbeth Knudsen, Editor-in-chief, Mandag Morgen.

    Watch the full sessions here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

    Day 1: Democracy in Action

    On Thursday, June 18th the Copenhagen Democracy Summit dedicated several sessions to bolstering the work of democracy activists including Hong Kong freedom activist Joshua Wong and others from around the globe in collaboration with our democracy partner organisations: International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), George W. Bush Institute, and the European Endowment for Democracy (EED). In addition, we had three breakout sessions taking place at the same time featuring democracy defenders from our partner organizations.

    -Breakout 1: Keeping Democracy Activism Alive during COVID-19. Sharing your Story
    -Breakout 2: Elections and Disinformation Keeping on the Democratic Track during COVID-19
    -Breakout 3: Ensuring Women’s Rights during a Pandemic

    Watch the full sessions here

    Article

    The need for an Alliance of Democracies to lead a new world order

    Latest article by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009) and Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014).

    Democracy is in decline around the world, and Covid is accelerating the fragmentation of the post-World War Two rules-based order. Our inability to see this bigger picture has given succor to autocrats who understand how our collective freedom has become subservient to petty self-interests.

    The free world needs urgent reinforcement and renewal around its common principles of freedom, democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. A new world order centered around an alliance of democracies is the best way to prevent the decay of multilateralism. It would create a global ecosystem for freedom and democratic revival through more open trade, investment, intelligence sharing, and support for emerging democracies.

    Read full article here

    Press Release

    New global study - After the pandemic, people want more democracy

    COVID-19 is a global political stress test for both democracies and autocracies. This new study during a time of pandemic shows that global support for democracy is still high, but people around the world do not feel their governments are delivering it, according to a 53 country survey of over 120,000 people published today (June 15, 2020).

    The Democracy Perception Index, released by Dalia Research and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation is the third installment of the world’s largest annual study on Democracy. It showed that 78 percent of people believe democracy is important, yet only 53 percent believe their country is democratic.

    The study was released ahead of the third Copenhagen Democracy Summit, to be held virtually with speakers including President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, US Secretaries John Kerry and Madeleine Albright, EU Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, among others.

    To see the findings and interactive maps, visit: https://daliaresearch.com/blog/democracy-perception-index-2020/ - for the full data, visit Democracy Perception Index - 2020 - Results Table

    Find the full press release here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

    The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020 will take place virtually on June 18-19, 2020. The summit will still gather guests from around the world to discuss the state of democracy. Guests include leaders and thinkers from business and politics, civil society, media, academics and students. General topics this year will focus on US global leadership and 2020 elections, democracy and tech, responsible business, and defending democracy during pandemic times. To find more information on the Summit here.

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2020

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    "What you see is what you trust? - The threat of disinformation and synthetic media to democracy"

    On June 4th the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in cooperation with Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program discussed what threat disinformation and synthetic media – so-called deepfakes - pose to our democracies today and in the future.

    The digitalization of society has brought plenty of new opportunities, but also poses a number of challenges to our democracies. Citizens of today are constantly connected, and the introduction of social media platforms has changed the way in which information and news are produced, spread and consumed. While these developments have enabled more people to participate in the political debate, democratized the supply of information and led to positive grassroots engagement, it also created substantial loopholes, which have allowed foreign actors to manipulate and exploit these new communication ecosystem until today. 

    Speakers:
    - Laura Rosenberger, Director of The Alliance for Securing Democracy and Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
    - Lutz Güllner, Head of StratCom Unit, European External Action Service
    - Meredith Berger, Senior Manager, Defending Democracy, Microsoft

    Moderator:
    -Marietje Schaake, Member of the Transatlantic Commission Election Integrity (TCEI), International Policy Director of the Cyber Policy Center and International Policy Fellow at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University, President of the CyberPeace Institute, Member of the European Parliament (2009-2019)

    Watch the full discussion here

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    How Can Democracies Deal with China?- US and European perspectives

    On May 28th, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in cooperation with the US Embassy Copenhagen, hosted distinguished China-expert, Michael Pillsbury from the Hudson Institute. President Trump has named him a ‘leading authority on China’ and is a regular commentator on Fox News. Pillsbury has authored the book 'The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower'. Pillsbury was in conversation with key Danish policy-makers and China-experts on the direction of US and European-China policy during the time of a global pandemic.

    China and the US have entered a period of great power competition already impacting military and technology affairs. The pandemic reinforces that. Could COVID-19 lead to the US decoupling medical supplies and supply chains from China? Meanwhile, China is propagating an authoritarian response to the pandemic as efficient and superior while remaining opaque on the beginning of the virus. How to deal with China for democracies around the world has become an increasingly urgent question.

    Speakers:
    - Michael Pillsbury, Senior Fellow & Director for Chinese Strategy, Hudson Institute
    - Kristian Jensen, Member of the Folketing, The Liberal Party and Former Danish Minister or Foreign Affairs and Finance
    -Camilla Tenna Nørup Sørensen, Researcher, Danish Defense Academy

    Moderator:
    -Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation

    Watch the full discussion

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    "What you see is what you trust? - How educational initiatives can boost media literacy and fight disinformation"

    On May 20th, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in cooperation with Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program launched it's second webinar part of a 3-part webinar series on "What you see is what you trust?" - How educational initiatives can boost media literacy and fight disinformation.

    There is no doubt that the spread of disinformation and digitally manipulated content poses challenging questions for our democracies, and the use of education to raise awareness among citizens is an important way to mitigate the negative effects. Social media and informal education could be used as an effective method in increasing media literacy or media competence about election interference and the most recent type of synthetic media – deepfakes. Such educational initiatives might not alone solve the challenge of disinformation and deepfakes, but can potentially help in reaching a broader audience of key players who will learn and share knowledge in their networks.

    Introduction:
    -Ora D. Tanner, Non-resident TCEI fellow, Alliance of Democracies Foundation
    Speakers:
    Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS
    - Anna-Sophie Harling, Managing Director for Europe, NewsGuard
    -Jevin West, Associate Professor in the Information School, University of Washington
    Moderator:
    -Jeanne Meserve, TCEI member and former CNN and ABC journalist

     

    Watch the full discussion

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    "What you see is what you trust? - Counter approaches of tech companies to curb deepfakes"

    On May 13th, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in cooperation with Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program launched it's first webinar part of a 3-part webinar series on "What you see is what you trust?" to discuss what threat disinformation and synthetic media – so-called deepfakes - pose to our democracies today and in the future.

    The debate on regulating social media platforms to mitigate the efforts of coordinated disinformation campaigns is more relevant than ever in light of the upcoming US presidential election. With many governments being slow in their initial response to digital election interference, the perhaps most comprehensive efforts to stop the spreading of disinformation to date has been taken by social media platforms themselves. Although self-defined restrictions differ by design and target, there is no doubt these voluntary restrictions on content imposed by social media platforms play an important role in mitigating the spread of disinformation.

    Speakers:
    -Hany Farid, Professor for Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
    -Erica Greene, Non-resident Election Integrity Fellow, Alliance of Democracies Foundation
    -Ashish Jaiman,Director Of Technology Operations, Microsoft

    Moderator:
    -Eileen Donahoe, TCEI and Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator

    Watch the full discussion

    Report

    Latest report on Disinformation, Deepfakes & Democracy

    The digitalization of society has brought plenty of new opportunities, but also poses a number of questions to our democracies. While it has enabled more people to participate in the political debate, democratized the supply of information and led to positive grassroot engagement, it has also created substantial loopholes which has allowed foreign actors to manipulate and exploit the new communications ecosystem up until today. Ever since the US presidential elections in 2016, democratic governments, social media platforms and academics around the globe have discussed how to best mitigate these negative effects to democracies in the digital age.

    Our new report Disinformation, Deepfakes & Democracy, part of the collaboration with Microsoft, explores the issue by providing an in-depth explanation of how and why new information technologies challenges our democracies. Author and research fellow Christoffer Waldemarsson addresses the question of "What can be done to mitigate the effects of disinformation campaigns?" by mapping out the European response to digital election interference and the voluntary measures taken by social media platforms, as well as providing recommendations for governments or policymakers. The report also explain how deepfakes, a way to digitally fabricate video and audio of for example prominent politicians, can put our free and democratic elections in danger.

    Read more

    Announcement

    #DefendDemocracy – with Microsoft

    The current coronavirus crisis has exposed important cleavages in our society. Ubiquitous reports about the „Corona infodemic“ and broader public calls for citizens to be aware of disinformation have alerted people about a threat that goes beyond the current pandemic: How resilient are todays’ democracies against disinformation campaigns and foreign interference in democratic processes? A question even more relevant in the digital age of today where (dis-)information travels faster than ever before.

    To address these topics, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation in cooperation with Microsoft's Defending Democracy Program presents a 3-part webinar series "What you see is what you trust?" to discuss disinformation, deepfakes and the threats they pose to our democracies. The webinars will be part of AoD’s #DefendDemocracy series and continues the efforts of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity to raise public awareness about the risks of foreign election meddling.

    Read more

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    Sharing Taiwan’s Experience with Handling Coronavirus: A keynote talk with Digital Minister Audrey Tang

    The Alliance of Democracies held the second edition of the #DefendDemocracy virtual series and called upon fellow democracies to learn from Taiwan’s experiences with handling coronavirus. For this, we were joined by Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang, who has a background with Taiwan’s vibrant civic tech community and spoke about Taiwan’s use of tech and an engaged citizenry (#RepublicOfCitizens) to curb the spread of the disease as an inspiration for other countries. The discussion was moderated by Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation.

    Watch the full discussion

    Report

    Latest report on Disinformation, Deepfakes & Democracy

    The digitalization of society has brought plenty of new opportunities, but also poses a number of questions to our democracies. While it has enabled more people to participate in the political debate, democratized the supply of information and led to positive grassroot engagement, it has also created substantial loopholes which has allowed foreign actors to manipulate and exploit the new communications ecosystem up until today. Ever since the US presidential elections in 2016, democratic governments, social media platforms and academics around the globe have discussed how to best mitigate these negative effects to democracies in the digital age.

    Our new report Disinformation, Deepfakes & Democracy, part of the collaboration with Microsoft, explores the issue by providing an in-depth explanation of how and why new information technologies challenges our democracies. Author and research fellow Christoffer Waldemarsson addresses the question of "What can be done to mitigate the effects of disinformation campaigns?" by mapping out the European response to digital election interference and the voluntary measures taken by social media platforms, as well as providing recommendations for governments or policymakers. The report also explain how deepfakes, a way to digitally fabricate video and audio of for example prominent politicians, can put our free and democratic elections in danger.

    Read more

    #DefendDemocracy Virtual Series

    How democracies versus autocracies are handling COVID-19

    The Alliance of Democracies in partnership with The Synergia Foundation kicked off the first edition of the #DefendDemocracy virtual series that gathered an expert panel from the US, India and Europe. The group discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on democracies especially with the authoritarian temptation on display internally and externally from China as they tout their approach as the most efficient during this unprecedented crisis. Experts included: Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director, Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Tobby Simon, Founder and President, Synergia Foundation, and Julie Smith, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Asia Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

    Watch the full discussion

    News

    Pushing back against disinformation is more needed than ever

    In early March, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation- led by Co-chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI), Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff- visited Silicon Valley together with commission members, Eileen Donahoe and Marietje Schaake. The delegation met with tech companies to discuss the preparedness prior to the 2020 elections. One thing is clear from the visit - pushing back against disinformation is more needed than ever.

    Read more

    TIME.com

    Taiwan Has Been Shut Out of Global Health Discussions. Its Participation Could Have Saved Lives

    Taiwan is a frontrunner in the battle against COVID19. Taiwan can help the global response. China must stop playing geopolitics with global health.

    Read the article of Chairman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Time.com:

    Read more

    News

    Visit from Hong Kong democracy activists

    On February 26th, we hosted a small round-table discussion on freedom, democracy and the latest situation in Hong Kong. We welcomed a group from Hong Kong and local representatives from Danish media and academia. The round-table discussion covered a variety of topics related to the situation in Hong Kong including international support for the pro-democracy movement, ethical concerns when trading with China and the increase in violent protests.

    Read more

    News

    Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity goes global

    In the beginning of the new year, the TCEI participated in the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, India. Co-chair Anders Fogh Rasmussen and TCEI-member Marietje Schaake attended South Asia’s most important international conference to raise awareness towards election interference and to engage with stakeholders from around the world.

    Watch Anders Fogh Rasmussen statement

    Live tweeting

    News

    How Taiwan's successful democracy deals with election interference

    Executive Director, Jonas Parello-Plesner, led a Danish ‘Freedom and Democracy’ delegation to the Taiwanese elections in early January by invitation of the Taiwanese government. They met with the government, civil society, and social media platforms with a special focus on election interference during the days leading up to the elections.

    Read more

    News

    Alliance of Democracies Foundation partners with
    Danish businesses

     Alliance of Democracies Foundation has partnered with VL, the Danish Management Society, on the theme 'Responsible Business - A Competitive Advantage'.
    VL comprises top executives from Denmark’s business community and is committed to fostering and encouraging knowledge and understanding of modern leadership.

    Read more

    Euronews

    Dissatisfaction with democracy

    Hear our executive director, Jonas Parello-Plesner, discuss the reason why there is a growing dissatisfaction with democracy globally and what to do about it.

    The Denver Post

    Mitt Romney receives standing ovation in Denver for impeachment vote

    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and former Prime Minister of Denmark and Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, had a discussion on the state of democracy around the world at an event hosted by the University of Denver’s Josef Corbel School of International Studies on February 28th, 2020.

    Read more

    TIME.com

    Taiwan Has Been Shut Out of Global Health Discussions. Its Participation Could Have Saved Lives

    Taiwan is a frontrunner in the battle against COVID19. Taiwan can help the global response. China must stop playing geopolitics with global health.

    Read the article of Chairman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Time.com:

    Read more

    News

    Pushing back against disinformation is more needed than ever

    In early March, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation- led by Co-chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI), Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff- visited Silicon Valley together with commission members, Eileen Donahoe and Marietje Schaake. The delegation met with tech companies to discuss the preparedness prior to the 2020 elections. One thing is clear from the visit - pushing back against disinformation is more needed than ever.

    Read more

    The New York Times

    Trump won the internet. Democrats are scrambling to take it back

    The New York Times mentions Joe Biden has signed the Pledge for Election Integrity committing not to aid and abet those who undermine democracy. The pledge is initiated and launched by our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

    Our chairman, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, invites to encourage Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump to join Biden at electionpledge.org

    https://electionpledge.org ‬ 

    The New York Times article

    Press Release

    New global study - After the pandemic, people want more democracy

    COVID-19 is a global political stress test for both democracies and autocracies. This new study during a time of pandemic shows that global support for democracy is still high, but people around the world do not feel their governments are delivering it, according to a 53 country survey of over 120,000 people published today (June 15, 2020).

    The Democracy Perception Index, released by Dalia Research and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation is the third installment of the world’s largest annual study on Democracy. It showed that 78 percent of people believe democracy is important, yet only 53 percent believe their country is democratic.

    The study was released ahead of the third Copenhagen Democracy Summit, to be held virtually with speakers including President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, US Secretaries John Kerry and Madeleine Albright, EU Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova and Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, among others.

    To see the findings and interactive maps, visit: https://daliaresearch.com/blog/democracy-perception-index-2020/ - for the full data, visit Democracy Perception Index - 2020 - Results Table

    Find the full press release here

    Article

    The need for an Alliance of Democracies to lead a new world order

    Latest article by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-2009) and Secretary General of NATO (2009-2014).

    Democracy is in decline around the world, and Covid is accelerating the fragmentation of the post-World War Two rules-based order. Our inability to see this bigger picture has given succor to autocrats who understand how our collective freedom has become subservient to petty self-interests.

    The free world needs urgent reinforcement and renewal around its common principles of freedom, democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. A new world order centered around an alliance of democracies is the best way to prevent the decay of multilateralism. It would create a global ecosystem for freedom and democratic revival through more open trade, investment, intelligence sharing, and support for emerging democracies.

    Read full article here

    Announcement

    Alliance of Democracies joins call to Defend Democracy

    The Alliance of Democracies joins more than 500 political, civil leaders, Nobel Laureates and pro-democracy institutions that have signed an open letter to defend democracy, warning that the freedoms we cherish are under threat from governments that are using the crisis to tighten their grip on power.

    Read the full Call to Defend Democracy here

    For more information, visit www.idea.int

    On Thursday, June 18th the Copenhagen Democracy Summit hosted Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA and other democracy partners to discuss the current issues affecting today's democracies. 

    Watch the full session here

    Press

    Meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Denmark this week to discuss how to strengthen the spine of democracies against the forces of autocracy. Alliance of Democracies also hosted the Secretary of State at the recent Copenhagen Democracy Summit.

    Watch the full session here

    News

    COVID-19 provides opportunity to form alliance of democracies

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen's latest piece highlights how Covid has increased the need for an alliance of democracies to promote freedom and democracy and Japan has a central role in uniting Europe and the US in this effort to counter rising autocracies.

    2019

    Press release

    The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity taps Aspen Tech Policy Hub fellows to fight deepfakes and disinformation

    We are pleased to welcome Erica Greene & Ora D. Tanner as nonresident Election Integrity fellows who will boost our efforts to counter election interference!

    Read more

    Conference about foreign election interference

    How can democracies protect their elections from external interference?

    On December 2nd, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation hosted an event in the Danish Parliament about election interference. We welcomed the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeppe Kofod, and many other Danish and international speakers for speeches and interesting roundtable discussions. Watch and read our live coverage on facebook, youtube and twitter.

    Recap

    Watch here (first part)

    Watch here (second part)

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

    "Democracy may be broken, but we have no doubt we can fix it"

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen opens the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 with a call to end the phenomenon of Western self-doubt.

    Watch here

    Building an Alliance of Democracies

    The first panel discussion at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit was hosted by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution and featured prominent politicians from some of the world’s leading democracies, who discussed how we can build friendships that realize our ambition of bringing together an international alliance of democracies:

    José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
    Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico
    Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK
    Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of Estonia

    Watch panel debate here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

    Congressman Schiff on US leadership

    The Chair of the US Congress Intel Committee tells CDS that Congress, in a bipartisan approach, is asserting itself and reinforcing around the world that the US remains committed to democracy, human rights and free expression.

    Watch here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

    Democracy couch sessions

    Throughout the Summit, we held couch sessions with democracy activists from around the world. In this video, we hear from Mariam Jalabi, representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the UN, and Yan Htaik Seng, Digital Manager, BBC Media Action, Myanmar. We also heard from activists and representatives of civil society from Lebanon, Albania, Tunisia, Iraq, Indonesia and Nigeria. All of the Democracy Couch Sessions can be viewed on the Facebook live stream here.

    Watch here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

    Bi-partisan Congressional discussion

    Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D) and Tom Cole (R) discussed the US role in promoting democracy and freedom.

    Watch here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

    Taiwanese Foreign Minister

    "Even though our democracy is under threat, we will not give up our democracy and democratic way of life. In fact, we are determined to make Taiwan's democracy a beacon for those who long for freedom, democracy and the protection of human rights" stressed Joseph Wu

    Watch here

    Press Release

    John Kerry joins transatlantic fight against elections meddling

    68th US Secretary of State John Kerry has joined the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, a body created to counter the next wave of election interference.

    Read more

    Press Release

    "I would like this to serve as a wake-up call to the United States" Former NATO Sec Gen Rasmussen

    Today, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and Dalia Research released the results of their annual Democracy Perception Index survey, the largest single democracy survey in the world, reflecting the views of over 174,000 respondents across 54 countries.

    Read more

     

    Press Release

    Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to back democracy in Copenhagen

    Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will join for the 2nd annual Copenhagen Democracy Summit, taking place on June 27 - 28. He will provide a keynote address on the current state of global democracy.

    Read more

    Press Release

    Congressman Adam Schiff to Give Keynote Speech and Participate in Dialogue at Copenhagen Democracy Summit

    Congressman Adam Schiff, the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, will speak at the 2nd Copenhagen Democracy Summit, to be held June 27th and 28th. Other speakers, including Maria Ressa and Joyce Banda, will also be present.

    Read more

    Video

    The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity's work to fight deepfake technology

    How does deepfake technology affect our democracies? The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity is examining this crucial question and coming up with solutions to fight disinformation and foreign election meddling.

    Media

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen on PBS Newshour

    Alliance of Democracies Foundation founder Anders Fogh Rasmussen appeared on PBS Newshour to discuss Russia, NATO, and security in Europe.

    THE WASHINGTON POST

    In 2019, our Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity launched a pledge which calls on candidates to take a stand against election interference by increasing transparency and fight the use of disinformation in campaigns.

    The pledge is mentioned in the Washington Post article about how presidential candidates have yet to promise not to spread disinformation.

    READ MORE

    Reuters TV

    Deep fakes pose threat in 2020 elections

    Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity co-chair Michael Chertoff talks to Reuters on the risk of AI-generated #deepfakes and why people must have critical thinking towards what they see.

    Watch here

    Press Release

    "I would like this to serve as a wake-up call to the United States" Former NATO Sec Gen Rasmussen

    Today, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and Dalia Research released the results of their annual Democracy Perception Index survey, the largest single democracy survey in the world, reflecting the views of over 174,000 respondents across 54 countries.

    Read more

    Press Release

    John Kerry joins transatlantic fight against elections meddling

    68th US Secretary of State John Kerry has joined the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, a body created to counter the next wave of election interference.

    Read more

    RTL.de

    "Europeans see Trump as a threat"

    The German media, RTL.DE, about the annual Democracy Perception Index survey, published by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and Dalia Research.

    The survey is the largest single democracy survey in the world, reflecting the views of over 174,000 respondents across 54 countries.

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    Jyllands-Posten

    The majority of Danes believe that the United States is a threat to democracy

    Danes are among the most critical of the US shows the recent annual Democracy Perception Index survey published by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and the Dalia Research. The result should serve as "a wake-up call to the US", says Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation.

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    New York Post

    40% of Americans believe the US is not democratic enough

    The annual Democracy Perception Index survey, recently published by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and the Dalia Research, shows a divided population in the United States. People surveyed in the US, where the 2020 presidential elections are ramping up, were split as to whether their country was democratic.

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    POLITICO

    41 percent around the world think there isn’t enough democracy in their country

    Politico Brussels about the annual Democracy Perception Index survey published by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and the Dalia Research. The survey was presented at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit on the 27-28th of June at the Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen.

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    Bloomberg

    The US threat to international democracy

    It's not just Donald Trump. It's the finance and technology industries, according to a recent survey.

    Bloomberg about the annual Democracy Perception Index survey, recently published by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and the Dalia Research.

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    Berlingske

    Imagine if Reagan and Thatcher had refused to support dissidents in Czechoslovakia, Poland or the Baltics

    It's time that the Western democracies stop doubting themselves and start fighting for the freedom of others.

    The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 focused on new aspiring democracies but also highlighted the weaknesses of today's democracies.

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    TAIPEI TIMES

    Taiwan’s democracy is determined to survive and thrive

    Taiwanese Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu, spoke at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 in June. “Taiwan is under threat, but we are determined to survive and thrive, to prove that democracy is a better path for mankind”, he said.

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    The Washington Post

    The world doesn’t hate Trump’s America as much as people think

    Almost all of the rest of the world still sees the United States as a net positive force for democracy — in many cases, strongly so.

    The Washington Post about the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019 and the annual Democracy Perception Index, recently published by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation and Dalia Research.

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    2018

    Event

    The Past, present, and future of election interference

    The Hudson Institute hosted Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity's Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Michael Chertoff, and Allan Rock to discuss how different regions of the world are handling foreign election meddling and how we can cooperate to build solutions moving forward.

    Column

    For election hackers, a new and more dangerous tool

    Commissioners for the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity Michael Chertoff and Eileen Donahoe write for Reuters about the threat deepfake technology poses to our democracies.

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    Copenhagen Democracy Summit

    Recap of the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit

    The inaugural Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018 took place at the scenic Royal Danish Playhouse, situated beautifully on the harbor front in central Copenhagen. The Summit highlighted important current issues facing the world’s democracies, and successfully brought together more than 300 participants from over 40 different countries having a range of backgrounds from politics, business, academia and journalism. 

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    The Campaign for Democracy

    Interviews with members of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

    Foreign Policy Research Institute

    Jack Tomarchio: Making Democracy Great Again

    Board Member of the Center for Expeditionary Economics, Jack Thomas Tomarchio, reflects on the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit: It wasn’t the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and it wasn’t meant to be. Bono wasn’t there, nor was Beyoncé, but former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were. The event was the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit held on June 22, 2018. No glam, no glitz, just serious policy discussions from an array of former and current world leaders to discuss the precipitous slide in democracy and democratic values the world over.

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    Press Release

    Transatlantic legislators unite to step up efforts against election meddling

    Despite the recent bizarre election meddling double-denial from Presidents Trump and Putin, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic joined forces to demand stronger action against meddling and foul play. Governments, legislatures, social media companies, and civil society are all called upon to step up their efforts. 

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    Bloomberg News

    The U.S. and EU Can Make Transatlantic Trade Great Again

    Just when the European Union seemed to have recovered some of its free-trade zeal, it now faces the prospect of a mutually destructive trade war with its biggest economic partner, the U.S.

    Read full article by Anders Fogh Rasmussen here

    Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018

    Did you miss the Summit?

    Do not worry. We have gathered speeches and panel debates from the Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018 on the Alliance of Democracies Facebook page for everyone to watch. Here you will also find interviews with the members of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

    Watch here

    Press Release

    Democracy Perception Index 2018

    The largest single global study measuring citizens’ trust in government indicates democracies are facing a severe crisis of faith in the eyes of the public. The Democracy Perception Index 2018 (DPI) finds that a majority of people living in democracies are disillusioned with the idea that their government is formed “by the people” and works “for the people.” The DPI, conducted by Dalia Research in collaboration with the Alliance of Democracies and Rasmussen Global, is based on nationally representative interviews with over 125,000 respondents in 50 countries worldwide.

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    The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2018

    Opening Remarks by Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen commenced the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit with a strong address stating: “Today gives us an opportunity to recommit to principles that we often take for granted; freedom, democracy, open markets and open societies.”. The opening statement by the Chairman and Founder of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation displayed great determination and conviction emphasizing the need to continuously promote democracy: “We are here to make democracies great again”. In light of this, Anders Fogh Rasmussen emphasized that the project of building an alliance of democracies is more important than ever.

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    Jyllands-Posten

    Blair: Europe's borders must be protected

    Europeans must understand why the British two years ago voted to leave the EU. Basically, it was not about Europe but about immigration, security and integration. Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair belongs to those who bemoan the British decision, and he has not completely abandoned the hope of finding a solution, "but basically we can not roll it back," he admits.

    Read full article here (in Danish)

    Reuters

    Democracies facing crisis of faith: survey

    The world’s democracies are facing a severe crisis of public faith, according to the conclusions of a large study published on Thursday.  The report by German polling firm Dalia Research, titled Democracy Perception Index 2018, found that trust in governments appears even lower among people in democracies than in states deemed by the firm to be undemocratic.

    Read full article here

    Politico Europe

    Citizens disillusioned with democracy: poll

    More than half of the people living in democracies worldwide think their voice is “rarely” or “never” heard in politics, according to a new study published Thursday. Some 54 percent of citizens in democracies believe their voice doesn’t have an impact on political decisions, and 64 percent think their government doesn’t act in their interest, Democracy Perception Index 2018 — a survey conducted by Dalia Research, Alliance of Democracies and Rasmussen Global — found.

    Read full article here

    The Guardian

    Tony Blair says Trump must reassure EU of support for bloc

    Donald Trump must reassure Europe by clearly stating his support for democratic values and the survival of the EU if the US is not to suffer as individual European nations are picked off by rival powers such as Russia and China, Tony Blair has said.

    Read full article here

    The Guardian

    Demagogues and charlatans are stoking fear, says Joe Biden

    The former US vice-president Joe Biden has accused “demagogues and charlatans” of stirring up voters’ fears just as they did in the 1930s as the issue of migration convulses politics on both sides of the Atlantic. “In ways that evoke memories of the 30s, frustrated and disaffected voters may turn instead to strongmen,” he told a conference in Copenhagen. 

    Read full article here

    Jyllands-Posten

    Aznar, Fogh and Blair stood with the United States. Now they are worried.

    Spain's former Prime Minister José Maria Aznar was in Copenhagen to talk about democracy's challenges. Recently, he announced that he would like to make his contribution to rebuilding the center-right of the party that has just lost the government power in Spain.

    Read full article here (in Danish)

    Press Release

    Elections still face risk of foreign interference on both sides of the Atlantic, high-level commission warns

    A transatlantic, bi-partisan group of political, tech, business and media leaders are warning that neither side of the Atlantic is adequately prepared for the next wave of election meddling coming their way in 20+ major elections before 2020. The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) includes a former NATO Chief, US Homeland Security Secretary, US Vice-President, heads of state and senior political, media and tech figures.

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    Kyiv Post

    Biden, Rasmussen among democracy’s watchdogs who gather in Copenhagen

    With democracy under threat in many nations, the Copenhagen Democracy Summit took place on June 22 with the hope of building a global “Alliance for Democracy.” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister and former secretary general of NATO, was the driving force behind the new initiative that took place in the capital of Denmark.

    Read full article here

    Washington Post

    Democracies must reform or die

    As democracies falter and authoritarianism rises, internationalist world leaders are scrambling to figure out how to save the democratic system and its values from external and internal threats. They all concede that democracies must face a reckoning: They must address the grievances of their lost constituencies or risk losing their historic struggle for greater freedom.

    Read full article here

    BBC News

    Election interference to be sniffed out by early-alert system

    An early warning system to spot attempts to subvert elections is being developed by the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, which was created to combat efforts to skew election debate. Its software scours social media and other parts of the net to hunt out attempts to seed subversive content. But experts warn nation states may answer with more sophisticated tactics. "We're trying to create high reliability and easy-to-use tools for civil organisations to use and see what's happening in real time so they can counter it," said Fabrice Pothier, a spokesman for the commission.

    Read the full article here

    Press Release

    Transatlantic legislators unite to step up efforts against election meddling

    Despite the recent bizarre election meddling double-denial from Presidents Trump and Putin, lawmakers from both sides of the Atlantic joined forces to demand stronger action against meddling and foul play. Governments, legislatures, social media companies, and civil society are all called upon to step up their efforts. 

    Read more

    Column

    For election hackers, a new and more dangerous tool

    Commissioners for the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity Michael Chertoff and Eileen Donahoe write for Reuters about the threat deepfake technology poses to our democracies.

    Read here

    Press Release

    Juncker's State of the Union: EU Wakes up to Elections Meddling

    European Commission President Juncker’s State of the Union has set out several efforts to protect next year’s European elections and other votes from malign interference. Read on to discover the essentials and understand how this relates to the work of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity.

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    The Economist

    Countries team up to save the liberal order from Donald Trump

    As America retreats from global leadership, coalitions of the like-minded try to limit the damage. The Alliance of Democracies Foundation was set up last year to “strengthen the spines” of the world’s democracies. A brainchild of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister and NATO secretary-general, it held an inaugural “Democracy Summit” in June and envisages annual winter gatherings in Colorado, as well as summer ones in Copenhagen. In the absence of clear ideological leadership from the White House, says Mr Rasmussen, the rest of the free world needs to advance and defend democracy.

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    Foreign Policy Research Institute

    Jack Tomarchio: Making Democracy Great Again

    Board Member of the Center for Expeditionary Economics, Jack Thomas Tomarchio, reflects on the 2018 Copenhagen Democracy Summit: It wasn’t the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and it wasn’t meant to be. Bono wasn’t there, nor was Beyoncé, but former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were. The event was the first Copenhagen Democracy Summit held on June 22, 2018. No glam, no glitz, just serious policy discussions from an array of former and current world leaders to discuss the precipitous slide in democracy and democratic values the world over.

    Read more

    Latest news

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks about election interference at YES Conference 2018

    Co-chair of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, Anders Fogh Rasmussen explains the challenge of election meddling by foreign actors, and how it is likely to evolve in the coming years. Introducing the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, he describes just a few ways in which we plan to raise awareness of the challenge and develop tech tools to monitor and inoculate against foreign meddling in the future.

    Watch the video here

    Press Release

    Macedonia referendum: Twitter bots up their activity

    As Macedonia’s name referendum approaches, the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity has uncovered evidence that automated Twitter accounts have swung behind an effort to suppress voter turnout.
     

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    Latest news

    We must defend our democracy as robustly as we would defend our borders

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaking at a European Commission conference on preventing election interference.

    Press Release

    Media advisory: Fighting deepfake technology at the Paris Peace Forum

    The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity was present at the Paris Peace Forum and the GovTech Summit to present its work on deepfake technology.

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    Video

    The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity's work to fight deepfake technology

    How does deepfake technology affect our democracies? The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity is examining this crucial question and coming up with solutions to fight disinformation and foreign election meddling.

    News

    CNBC: Anti-election meddling group makes A.I.-powered Trump impersonator to warn about 'deepfakes'

    CNBC featured the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity's work countering deepfake audiovisual technology in a recent article. Take our quiz to see how deepfakes are becoming increasingly convincing.

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    Opinion

    EU needs election-meddling stress tests

    Commissioner for the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity Marietje Schaake writes for EU Observer about the need for methodical stress tests at the EU level in order to better understand Europe's preparedness for the upcoming 2019 European Parliament elections.

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