Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity
The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity
The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) seeks to fill a critical gap by fostering a global and collective approach to curb the ongoing wave of election interference and raises awareness of public and governments about the risks of interference. It helps sharing best practices between decision-makers, public and private institutions and actors across the globe and applies on the ground new models of cooperation and technologies to empower civil society and governments to defend democracy against malign interference. Since its launch in 2018, the TCEI has established itself as an important global voice and player on the risks and solutions to combat foreign election meddling. The TCEI brings together more than a dozen eminent persons from backgrounds in politics, media and the private sector chaired by former NATO Chief and Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and former US Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff.
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.
Our priorities for 2023
- Advocate for the Pledge for Election Integrity as a golden standard for parliamentarians in democracies around the world.
- Continue to provide a global platform for the debate on election interference and disinformation with our #DefendDemocracy webinar series.
- The fight against foreign interference in our democracies through disinformation and cyber attacks is not limited to the transatlantic hemisphere. We are therefore committed to expanding our global network and engagement to ensure a multistakeholder exchange of threat perceptions, common patterns, and successful counterstrategies and best practices around the world on an ongoing basis.
- Highlight the importance of media literacy initiatives in the fight against mis- and disinformation, e.g. with our online game „The Disinformation Diaries“.
- Monitor technological innovation and promote policy solutions to address the challenge of foreign election meddling and malign synthetic media like Deepfakes.
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.