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Election Watch for the Digital Age

"Election Watch for the Digital Age is a new research initiative investigating the interplay between digital platforms and election integrity — and confirming that the internet can be used to disrupt democracies as surely as it can destabilize dictatorships" (Freedom House 2021).

11 October 2021
Freedom House
Index

America’s Tech Billionaires Could Help Protect the Election. If They Wanted To.

“This is a debate about...whether Americans should use the moment to pressure power...for a favorable outcome for democracy or whether its more important to use the moment to dismantle and decenter power... given all the possible ways America’s elites could help secure a free and fair election, few have stepped up” (Charlie Warzel, 2020).

22 September 2021
Charlie Warzel
NYT

‘I Live Like an American Here!’

“The “freedom to be free,” as Hannah Arendt put it, is a privilege that, globally, very few have the pleasure to enjoy: The world is full of people who are economically advanced, but politically repressed. That’s why it’s vital to make a renewed case for human rights” (Jochen Bittner, 2020).

22 September 2021
Jochen Bittner
NYT

Politicians should take citizens’ assemblies seriously

“Citizens’ assemblies are often promoted as a way to reverse the decline in trust in democracy, which has been precipitous in most of the developed world over the past decade or so...politicians, a common complaint runs, have no understanding of, or interest in, the lives and concerns of ordinary people. Citizens’ assemblies can help remedy that” (Leaders, 2020).

19 September 2021
unsigned
The Economist

Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World

“​​Facebook has been incredibly lucrative for its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who ranks among the wealthiest men in the world. But it’s been a disaster for the world itself, a powerful vector for paranoia, propaganda and conspiracy-theorizing as well as authoritarian crackdowns and vicious attacks on the free press. Wherever it goes, chaos and destabilization follow” (Jamelle Bouie, 2020).

18 September 2021
Jamelle Bouie
NYT

With Freedom at Stake, Courts Are Collapsing

“The rise of right-wing populist leaders in several countries has brought immense attention to the use of executive power, in popular debate and among constitutional scholars across presidential and parliamentary systems. Along with the rise of executive power, there has been a corresponding but less studied phenomenon: the decline in judicial power” (Madhav Khosla, 2020).

9 September 2021
Madhav Kosla
NYT

Reform the Police? Guess Who Funds My State's Officials

“But in the end, even here, it was essentially business as usual in a State Capitol where police unions have long wielded enormous power. The measures that passed this year were either noncontroversial or so diluted as to have little if any immediate impact” (Miriam Pawel, 2020).

9 September 2021
Miriam Pawel
NYT

The Pandemic Was Supposed to Be Great for Strongmen. What Happened?

“The protests in Belarus should force us to rethink the relationship between the pandemic and authoritarianism. Does the virus infect our societies with authoritarian governance or, alternatively, can it strengthen democratic immunity?” (Ivan Krastev, 2020).

8 September 2021
Ivan Krastev
NYT

Mark Zuckerberg is the Most Powerful Unelected Man in America

“Facebook wins in every direction. Its size and power creates instability, the answer to which, according to Facebook, is to give the company additional authority” (Charlie Warzel, 2020).

3 September 2021
Charlie Warzel
NYT

Which Past is Prologue?

“Although the damage is difficult to measure, the United States has lost much of its moral authority...will the coming decades bring a new Cold War, with China cast as the Soviet Union and the rest of the world picking sides or trying to find a middle ground?” (Margaret MacMillan, 2020).

3 September 2021
Margaret MacMillian
Foreign Affairs
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