Since its inception, the internet has been an unparalleled element both for democracy and repression. As the pace of digitalization accelerates, how we work, education, use healthcare, engage with government & govern, and more is increasingly online.
Yet, half of all humanity remains unconnected and are being left behind just by staying where they are; still more people live in countries which are oppressive or without the policy frameworks needed to protect their rights online; leverage strict censorship, and where the spread of digital authoritarianism marches ever forward.
Mission : The CSCIS Centre for Digital Democracy’s mission is to ensure that technologies and their advancement, serve, preserve and strengthen democratic values, institutions and processes. CSCIS through its Digital Democracy Initiative advocates and promotes the safeguarding of privacy, civil and human rights.
The CSCIS Center for Digital Democracy (CCDD) drives initiatives designed to protect and expand digital freedom, rights, and data privacy through initiatives designed to influence policymakers, private + public sector leaders, news and social media, and civil society. The Centre and its initiatives focus on developing and advocating for rules and policies that promote a free and open Internet.
- Promote privacy, justice, and non-discriminatory treatment in the digital realm;
- Safeguard civil society against unfair, manipulative, and other harmful practices;
- Promote reasonable and responsible digital marketing operations in political campaigns and elections;
- Advocate for fair, equitable and media accountability and the public sphere.
The world’s governments must come together to strengthen democracy and human rights online.
CSCIS leads an initiative that brings together representatives from governments, NGO’s, organizations, private sector players, academia, technology industry and civil society to make technology and associated governance work for democracy and human rights.