Safeguarding Democracy and Defending Against Rising Global Authoritarianism

COVID-19 has exacerbated the threats to democracy around the world, postponing elections and giving authoritarian regimes opportunities to put through new authorities that limit protest and press freedom. This session will discuss strengthening tools to combat disinformation by authoritarian regimes, coordinating with allies on authoritarian challenges, elevating human rights as a foreign policy priority, and bolstering digital technology standards.

Speakers include:
Shanthi Kalathil, Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights, National Security Council; Kristin Lord, President & CEO, IREX