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Building a Digital Democracy

A healthy democracy requires an informed citizenry online and offline. To combat disinformation, we need to change the incentives for platforms and level the playing field for reputable sources of information.

Rules of the Game

Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms for Facial Recognition

02/03/21

Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms for Facial Recognition

This brief is one of two presenting strategies for addressing challenges associated with facial recognition. These briefs provide policymakers concrete...

Facial Recognition in the Public Sector: The Policy Landscape

02/03/21

Facial Recognition in the Public Sector: The Policy Landscape

This brief is one of two presenting strategies for addressing challenges associated with facial recognition. These briefs provide policymakers concrete...

Three steps to help treat America’s debilitating information disorder

01/13/21

Three steps to help treat America’s debilitating information disorder

Updating digital norms would make organizing the next Capitol assault more difficult. After all, this is no longer an online game — it’s real life....

Platform Regulation Should Focus on Transparency, Not Content

12/02/20

Platform Regulation Should Focus on Transparency, Not Content

Despite efforts by digital platforms to curb the tsunami of disinformation surrounding U.S. elections, cyberspace remains awash in conspiracy theories...

Facial Recognition Is Here But We Have No Laws

07/08/20

Facial Recognition Is Here But We Have No Laws

At protests against police violence across the country, law enforcement authorities have deployed the tanks, tear gas and military equipment that they...

Safeguarding Digital Democracy

03/24/20

Safeguarding Digital Democracy

Executive Summary Even before a global pandemic hit, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock had advanced for the first time...

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CIVIC INFRASTRUCTURE

Broadband as Civic Infrastructure: Community Empowerment, Equity, and a...

03/23/21

Broadband as Civic Infrastructure: Community Empowerment, Equity, and a...

The coronavirus pandemic has shined a spotlight on equity issues in communications policy. As policymakers turn their attention to digital equity, they...

Building Back Better with Distributed Computing

01/19/21

Building Back Better with Distributed Computing

The United States can create jobs, better compete against China, and at the same time address major social challenges if it leverages the emerging combination...

A Public Option to Fund Public Interest Journalism

05/04/20

A Public Option to Fund Public Interest Journalism

Today, democracy is challenged by the structures of the digital media landscape, as public interest media, especially local journalism, has shrunk dramatically,...

Five Steps to Combat the Infodemic

03/26/20

Five Steps to Combat the Infodemic

GMF’s Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative released on March 24 a Policy Roadmap to safeguard the information ecosystem. Access to reliable information...

To Fight Online Disinformation, Reinvigorate Media Policy

06/13/19

To Fight Online Disinformation, Reinvigorate Media Policy

The doctored video falsely depicting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as ill or drunk spreading on social media is a wake-up call that even as the 2020 presidential...

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International Digital Democracy Architecture

Splinternet or Democratic Data Alliance

01/08/21

Splinternet or Democratic Data Alliance

This year will be a pivot point when it comes to state sovereignty over data and the internet. The trend toward “digital sovereignty” began in China,...

The Biden Administration Should Pursue a Digital Trade Agreement

11/23/20

The Biden Administration Should Pursue a Digital Trade Agreement

Over the past four years, President Donald Trump has put international trade policy on the front page with regularity—at least when his own foibles and...

The Internet’s Lost Promise And How America Can Restore It

09/30/20

The Internet’s Lost Promise And How America Can Restore It

In the United States, Russia sought to help one presidential candidate over another in the 2016 election—not only through hacking and the release of...

On TikTok, the Trump Administration Is Adopting China’s Own Vision for...

09/22/20

On TikTok, the Trump Administration Is Adopting China’s Own Vision for...

Over the past seven weeks, the Trump administration has ordered the sale of TikTok to a U.S. buyer, declared that the U.S. government would take a cut...

China Tries to Push U.S. Tech Companies Around in Hong Kong. Here's How...

07/17/20

China Tries to Push U.S. Tech Companies Around in Hong Kong. Here's How...

At the same time that China becomes more assertive in clamping down on internet freedom, the U.S. is shooting itself in the foot. China expanded its attacks...

On Facial Recognition, the U.S. Isn’t China—Yet

06/18/20

On Facial Recognition, the U.S. Isn’t China—Yet

As protests grow, the police leverage their technological advantage. Widespread surveillance cameras capture the crowds, and facial recognition software...

The End of Techno-Utopianism

09/13/19

The End of Techno-Utopianism

Editor's Note: This piece is part of a full report, " Reassessing 1989 ," which looks at the major events of that year, including the fall of the Berlin...

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