Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity will seek to fill a critical gap by fostering a more transatlantic and collective approach to prevent the next wave of election interference. It will raise awareness of public and governments on what foreign powers, especially Russia, are doing to undermine liberal democracies. The Commission will recommend concrete actions to governments, traditional and new media actors, private sector and non-governmental organizations. Transatlantic and bipartisan in nature, the Commission will seek to share lessons learned between decision-makers and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The Commission includes former NATO Chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, US Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, and heads of state and senior political, media and tech figures.

Interviews with members of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

Mission Statement of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity helps advance solutions to protect integrity of democratic elections.

Election interference is a major threat to the universal right of people to take part in democratic elections. Still, democratic governments and technology companies around the world are scrambling to meet the challenges of the latest election meddling tactics and technologies.

This is a global phenomenon, with instances of election interference seen in countries from Mexico to North-Macedonia, Ukraine to Kenya, Taiwan to Turkey.

Yet attacks and coordinated manipulations are no longer coming from foreign malign powers alone: increasingly, the cross-border disinformation playbook is used by domestic actors trying to sow divisions and polarisation in both authoritarian and democratic contexts.

The TCEI brings together eminent persons from different backgrounds with one shared goal: to ensure people decide freely, based on independent information, who should represent them.

12 month priorities, from July 2019

  • Advocate for the Pledge for Election Integrity during the run-up to the US presidential election in 2020
  • An event on election interference bringing together European, American and Asian actors to explore opportunities for the TCEI to take a global outlook
  • On-the-ground, social media, and disinformation monitoring ahead of critical votes in Moldova, Georgia, and Taiwan
  • Monitoring technologies and promoting policy solutions to address the challenge of election meddling and deep-fakes

Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2019

Work shop on Deep Fakes

Interactive work shop session on deep fakes with Faculty
and Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center

Watch here

News

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity launches Pledge for Election Integrity

The Pledge for Election Integrity calls on candidates for the upcoming European elections in May 2019 to take a stand against election interference by increasing transparency and fight the use of disinformation in campaigns.

Take the Pledge

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

 

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.

 

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

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

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

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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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

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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Bloomberg News

The West Still Isn’t Prepared to Stop Russia Meddling in Our Elections

It’s not just the United States—European countries aren’t ready, either.

In POLITICO Magazine, Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff, the two co-chairs of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, makes the case for transatlantic cooperation to ensure the protection of the 20 elections in the next two years, and the integrity of our institutions as such. Looking at recent cases of election meddling in both the U.S. and Europe, and the patchy responses from our democratic institutions, there is every reason to believe that these elections provide 20 ripe new targets for Russia and others to interfere.

Read the full article here

Latest news

Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity will seek to fill a critical gap by fostering a more transatlantic and collective approach to prevent the next wave of election interference. It will raise awareness of public and governments on what foreign powers, especially Russia, are doing to undermine liberal democracies. The Commission will recommend concrete actions to governments, traditional and new media actors, private sector and non-governmental organizations. Transatlantic and bipartisan in nature, the Commission will seek to share lessons learned between decision-makers and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

Read full press release here

Statement of Support

Senator Chris Van Hollen

"This is an important step in defending our elections at home and abroad. I’m calling for the same kind of coordination in the DETER Act, and Congress should pass it without delay. We must work with our European allies to protect our democracies and deter Russian aggression."

Read Twitter statement here

Statement of Support

Senator Angus King

“Democracies rely on an informed citizenry – but successful information warfare undermines that foundation by heightening national divisions and shattering the people’s faith that governments truly represent them. Foreign interference in free elections is a grave and ongoing challenge that threatens all Western democracies, which is why the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity is so vital. By raising awareness of outside involvement, sharing knowledge on how to combat the dangers and pursuing technological approaches to block and deter bad actors, this organization can play a major part in defending the integrity of the elections that allow our governments to function.”

Commission members

The Commission brings together around a dozen prominent public figures from both the U.S. and Europe with government as well as private sector and media backgrounds.

Co-Chairs

Anders Fogh
Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General (2009-2014), Founder, Alliance of Democracies Foundation, Rasmussen Global

Michael
Chertoff

United States Secretary of Homeland Security (2005-2009)

Members

Felipe
Calderon

President of Mexico (2006-2012) 

Eileen
Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law 

Toomas Hendrik
Ilves

President of Estonia (2006-2016) 

Natalie
Jaresko

Executive Director of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, Finance Minister of Ukraine (2014-2016)

Tanit
Koch

Editor-in-Chief of Bild Magazine (2016-2018) 

Jeanne
Meserve

Anchor and correspondent at ABC news and CNN (1984-2011), Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (2011-2017)

Victor
Pinchuk

Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist, founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Marietje
Schaake

Member of the European Parliament for D66 (ALDE), Vice-President of the  European Parliament delegation to the US 

Joanna
Shields

UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security and Under-Secretary of State (2015-2017), Member of the UK House of Lords

John
Negroponte

United States Deputy Secretary of State (2007-2009), Director of National Intelligence (2005-2007)

Allan
Rock

Allan Rock – Minister of Justice of Canada (1993-1997), Ambassador to the UN (2004-2006), President of the University of Ottawa (2008-2016).

John
Kerry

68th United States Secretary of State (2013-2017)