360/STRATCOM: PROTECTING AN OPEN DIGITAL WORLD - Since its very early days, the internet has been an unparalleled tool both for democracy and repression. As the pace of digitalization accelerates, work, education, healthcare, civic engagement, and more is increasingly online. Yet, half of humanity remains unconnected, falling further behind just by staying where they are; still more people live in countries without the policy frameworks needed to protect their rights online; and the spread of digital authoritarianism marches ever forward. As many of the world’s governments come together at the Summit for Democracy to renew and recommit to actions to defend democracy, this panel explored where the “original vision” of the internet has gone awry, articulated areas of focus for the Year of Action coming out of the Summit, and left the audience with practical recommendations for strengthening democracy and human rights online.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 12/07/21