Technology & Democracy
Rapidly advancing information and communication technologies have had a profound impact on democracy around the world.
Rapidly advancing information and communication technologies have had a profound impact on democracy around the world. They have provided new platforms for civic mobilization and the dissemination of news and commentary, but they are also subject to censorship, surveillance, and exploitation by antidemocratic forces.
With regards to internet freedom, Freedom House counteracts the rising tide of government control over the internet. We produce the preeminent analysis of global online freedom, the annual Freedom on the Net report, empower local experts in dozens of countries to speak up for the rights of internet users, and assist activists in recovering from digital attacks.
The Crisis of Social Media
Freedom on the Net
How Technology Platforms Should Deal with Hostile State-Owned Propaganda Outlets opens in new tab
August 20, 2019
An Explainer for When the Internet Goes Down: What, Who, and Why? opens in new tab
July 29, 2019
I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn't Easy
Opinion: We've been assured that facial recognition technology is secure, reliable, and accurate. That's far from certain.
Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border
Opinion: Customs and Border Protection agents reportedly grilled Iranian Americans on their social media activity. It's the latest in a disturbing trend in government monitoring.
Should Ukraine Drop Sanctions against Russian Tech Companies?
Ukraine fundamentally altered its approach to regulating the internet in 2017 when it introduced economic restrictions (sanctions) against thousands of Russian individuals and legal entities.
As Trump Returns from India, Others in U.S. Must Press Modi on Human Rights in Kashmir opens in new tab
March 4, 2020
Internet Freedom in Asia Hits Unprecedented Low opens in new tab
December 2, 2019
The True Depth of Iran’s Online Repression opens in new tab
December 2, 2019
State-Led Content Manipulation Drove the Backlash against the NBA in China opens in new tab
November 13, 2019
Social media are a growing conduit for electoral manipulation and mass surveillance opens in new tab
November 4, 2019
Russia: Crimean Blogger Sentenced on False Charges Must Be Released opens in new tab
October 2, 2019
China Media Bulletin
The monthly China Media Bulletin provides unique insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People's Republic of China, drawing on both English and Chinese-language sources. Click to learn more, or subscribe here.