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Digital Democracy Charter

Project led by : 

Luminate

Geographical Area
International
Theme
New technologies

The purpose of the Charter is to design a public policy response to steer technological development back towards serving the wellbeing of democratic society.

Project

This project was built to address a central challenge of the Internet era: Our democracies are under threat from organized disinformation campaigns that exploit vulnerabilities in social media networks and harm the public. There are no simple solutions to this problem. Only a combination of public policies - all of which are necessary and none of which are sufficient by themselves - will show results over time to steer technological development back towards serving the well-being of democratic society. This project offers a set of principles (the Digital Democracy Charter) and an Action Plan to help government, civil society and the private sector work together to solve problems. For every country, the strategy will look different, customized to meet local needs. But this is a global problem, and we can work together at the international level to develop a global response. This Digital Democracy Charter and Action Plan are presented by Luminate, a philanthropic organisation established by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay.

In the coming year, they will support governments working to take concrete actions to fight digital disinformation. The Charter and Action Plan will serve as advocacy tools for discussion, coalition building and change-making in law, policy and practice in democracies around the world. To achieve these goals, they will engage leaders in the public, private and civic sectors and raise awareness among senior political leaders to bring change at the national level and put digital disinformation on the global agenda. The Scale-up Committee of the Paris Peace Forum provides strategic advice and access to networks of leaders to support this policy advocacy work.

Organization

Luminate is a global philanthropic organization focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies.

NEWS

Currently: The project team is liaising with key leaders in Europe to address the issues raised by the project and translate the proposed action plan into concrete political commitments at the national and regional levels

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