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 2024
In the current "super election year 2024", over 2 billion people will go to the polls in more than 70 countries around the world, including Taiwan, India, Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia, the European Union and the United States.
TCEI is monitoring how foreign actors in particular have updated their plans to influence elections through the use of artificial intelligence to more effectively attack and undermine our democracies around the world. The TCEI is addressing key fundamental questions of information and AI in the electoral context, making assumptions about potential electoral threats, and assessing existing or emerging approaches to protecting the integrity of elections in the age of AI.”
Advocate for the Pledge for Election Integrity as a golden standard for parliamentarians in democracies around the world.
Find the latest Election Pledge campaign, now including elements of AI and deepfakes here.
Monitor technological innovation and promote policy solutions to address the challenge of foreign election meddling and malign synthetic media like Artificial Intelligence and Deepfakes
Highlight the importance of media literacy initiatives in the fight against mis- and disinformation, e.g. with our online game „The Disinformation Diaries“.
Continue to provide a global platform for the debate on election interference and disinformation.
The fight against foreign interference in our democracies through disinformation and cyberattacks is not limited to the transatlantic hemisphere. We are therefore determined to keep expanding our global network and engagement to ensure a continuous exchange of threat perceptions, common patterns and successful counter-strategies and best practices around the world. This is particularly important in this super election year.
We Must Go to War Against Deepfakes Now to Keep November Voting Fair
As the 'super election year' begins, TCEI co-chairs Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Michael Chertoff emphasize the urgent need for democracies worldwide to adopt a defensive stance to counter AI-driven interference from abroad.
However, the urgency to safeguard the integrity of our democratic processes does not afford us the luxury of time to enact well-intentioned legislation: the 2024 AI super-election year is already here. The importance of this moment cannot be overstated, yet our joint efforts to prepare are currently inadequate to counter the imminent threat of an AI-powered attack. It's imperative that democracies around the globe intensify their cooperation to bolster our defenses and resilience.
Read the full piece here.
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.