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
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 by the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity on US Presidential Elections
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity hosts conferences in Kyiv
On September 23rd and 24th, the TCEI organised two conferences in Kyiv, Ukraine, engaging journalists, NGOs, and women organisations, sharing the evidence found and discussing ways to improve their resilience to outsider interference. Since April 2019, the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity has engaged in real-time monitoring of social media, assessing and flagging interference as it is happening around Ukraine’s presidential and parliamentary elections.
The picture is from the roundtable discussion with Ukraine’s National Institute of Strategic Studies.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Macedonia referendum: Twitter bots up their activity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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.