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
August 20, 2019
An Explainer for When the Internet Goes Down: What, Who, and Why?
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.
India’s TikTok Ban Tightens the Government’s Grasp on the Internet
July 31, 2020
Turkey: Passage of Social Media Law Curtails Human Rights Online
July 30, 2020
Turkey: Büyükada Trial Verdict Lays Bare Assault on Human Rights
July 9, 2020
On Social Control, the Kremlin’s Reach May Exceed Its Grasp
July 8, 2020
How Domestic Spying Tools Undermine Racial Justice Protests
June 22, 2020
Russia: Removal of Ban on Messaging App Does Not End Censorship
June 19, 2020
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.