‘Democracy in crisis’, ‘elections manipulated’, ‘social media destroy democracy’, such were the headlines of 2017. The threat to democracy has become a hot topic. Challenges abound. We are countering this anti-democratic trend, we bring people together – citizens, journalists, researchers, politicians – to discuss constructively how democratic institutions can be build and strengthened. In 2017 we focused increasingly also on how political debate unfolds on social media in countries as different as Myanmar, Sri Lanka or Germany. This has become an important additional part of our work. We learn how to monitor trends on social media in realtime and we work with groups in many countries to strengthen the ability of society to resist the abuse of social media.
Our Annual Report 2017 gives an overview of our activities and our organisational development.