On 8-12 November 2021 Global Focus gathered civil society from around the world during five Days of Action to turn talk into concrete action and to ensure that solutions are based on the actual challenges and needs of communities and civil society around the world. Additionally, Global Focus formed three international advisory groups and a working group, which aim to transform identified problems and solutions into tangible policy recommendations and concrete action.
Technology and digitalisation have contributed greatly to global democracy, the fight for human rights and a more just and equal world. However, technology is also used as a tool to counteract democracy and misuse power. Civil society and human rights defenders around the world are often main targets of digital crackdowns, surveillance and censorship.
Civil society plays a crucial role in ensuring that Tech for Democracy’s multi-stakeholder solutions are based on local challenges and needs. Building digital resilience and mobilisation of civil society is key to ensuring that technology fosters democratic and inclusive societies. The Danish civil society platform Global Focus is representing civil society in Tech for Democracy and we are determined to ensure that global civil society and citizen’ voices are at the forefront.
A key outcome of the Days of Action was a Tech for Democracy Action Programme: a global document that consolidates the findings from the Days of Action, civil society consultations and sets out a clear path for actions needed.
The programme provides a strong basis for civil society advocacy and will contribute to raising the bar for real action amongst decision makers all over the world as part of the Tech for Democracy initiative.