Join us to make tech work for democracy and human rights

Purpose

Tech for Democracy is a Danish-led initiative that brings together representatives from governments, multilateral organisations, tech industry and civil society to make technology work for democracy and human rights, not against them.

More than ever, technology is changing the world, transforming how we communicate, inform ourselves and make decisions.

Digital solutions can promote human rights, bring people closer to the decisions that influence their lives and make democratic institutions stronger and more responsive. Yet online, expectations and aspirations for democracy have not fully been met. Digital technologies pose a severe threat to democracies globally and our democratic practices. This calls for joint action.

On 18 November 2021, Denmark held a conference in UN City Copenhagen hosted by Jeppe Kofod, the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation to kick-start a multistakeholder dialogue on the challenges in the intersection between tech, democracy and human rights. The conference marks the launch of a year of action during which Denmark is determined to make ideas, intentions and visions translate into concrete actions and solutions.

Explore this website to learn more about what is happening in the Tech for Democracy space, and ways to join the efforts to make tech work for democracy and human rights.

 

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Join the Tech for Democracy Side Event Online

On 22 September, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Microsoft, and Access Now hosts the live streamed event Tech for Democracy – Problems, Progress and the Copenhagen Pledge alongside the 77th UN General Assembly in New York. The event will bring together senior leaders from across geographies and stakeholder groups based on their support for the Copenhagen Pledge on Tech for Democracy, launched by the Danish government last year.
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Tech for Democracy Goes Global

It’s an exciting time for the Tech for Democracy initiative. A lot has happened in the last few months, and – truth be told - we just couldn't wait for our next quarterly update to share what we have been working on. And so, we invite you to come along for a quick catch-up, where we’ll be sharing what’s new - and what’s next.
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Full Tech for Democracy Podcast Series Out Now

Online harassment can discourage and silence women of participating in democratic, political and social life. In this two part Tech for Democracy podcast series, our host Maia Kalke Lorentzen - researcher, trainer and activist in the field of technology and gender equality - dives into the perspectives of women in politics in Kenya.
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Halfway through the Year of Action - second quarterly update out now!

Tech for Democracy's second quarterly update on all the various activities happening is out now. If you're in need of some good summer reads, you can excited about fresh reports and a brand new Tech for Democracy podcast on women, politics and social media.