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.
NEW: Election Watch for the Digital Age
Freedom House is piloting a new research initiative to investigate the interplay between digital platforms and election integrity. Election Watch for the Digital Age equips technology companies, civil society organizations, and policymakers with a data-driven resource for evaluating the human rights impact of internet platforms on a country’s electoral process.
The Crisis of Social Media
Freedom on the Net
User Privacy or Cyber Sovereignty?
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
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.