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Protecting Democratic Elections through Safeguarding Information Integrity

The year 2024 is a massive year for elections globally. Nearly 3 billion people will have the opportunity to cast ballots in democratic elections. Safeguarding electoral integrity requires ensuring the availability of reliable election-related information, confidence in credible journalism and access to a diversity of viewpoints. Yet, the 2024 elections already face new threats in a constantly evolving digital information ecosystem.

To address these challenges, Democracy Reporting International, the Forum on Information and Democracy and International IDEA have jointly developed policy recommendations to protect democratic elections with a focus on information integrity. Addressed to governments and platforms, these top 10 recommendations provide guidance to ensure the trustworthiness and plurality of information during elections, diminish the reach and effects of dis/misinformation, strengthen the accountability of highly influential actors and enable independent scrutiny of efforts. 

Discover our key recommendations to protect future elections

Our top 10 recommendations outline the most important measures that states and platforms should take to protect our elections. 

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Join our online launch event

Join the online launch of our policy brief for a discussion with policymakers, electoral management bodies, researchers and civil society on how to safeguard information integrity for democratic elections.

Protecting Democratic Elections through Safeguarding Information Integrity

Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 14:00-15:30 CET 


Agenda

2pm : Introduction by Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica

2.10pm: Presentation of Policy Brief by Michael Bąk, Executive Director, Forum on Information and Democracy

The policy brief by The Forum on Information and Democracy, The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and Democracy Reporting International recommends ten actions to platforms and to States to ensure access to reliable election-related information, confidence in credible journalism and access to a diversity of viewpoints. 

2.20-3.20pm: Panel Debate moderated by Michael Meyer-Resende, Executive Director, Democracy Reporting International

This debate will provide the occasion to discuss the state of art of information integrity online and its impact on election integrity. Panelists will share their perspective on possible policy and regulatory responses by government, Electoral Management bodies and civil society. 

Panelists: 

  • Commissioner Janet Love, South African Electoral Commission 
  • Renate Nikolay, Deputy Director General, DG CNECT, European Union 
  • Prof. Dr. Marco Aurélio Ruediger, director of the School of Communication, Media and Information at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV ECMI), Brazil

Questions & responses with the participants

3.20: Concluding Remarks by Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA


Documents

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