Tech4Democracy: Aligning Technology with Public Interest

The CGC proudly unveils its comprehensive report on Democracy-Affirming Technologies: Aligning Technology with Public Interest and Social Good. The report analyzes, among other topics:

– How new applications of cutting-edge digital developments can harness emerging tech to the cause of open and pluralistic political systems.

– What technological governance is needed in the context of an accelerating rivalry between democracies and autocracies.

– The technological infrastructure of democracy and the desirability and feasibility of politicizing algorithmic decisions.

– What are the policy responses to the fracture of the information environment brought by new technologies (media fragmentation, social media, and fake news).

This report, a key component of IE’s Tech4Democracy initiative, raises awareness on why democracy matters in an age of absolute technological disruption, and advances recommendations to strengthen democracy through the use of technology.

Using a Natural Language Processing (NLP) analysis of a global patents database, the report also features a Tech Radar that analyzes the misalignment between the use cases of democracy-affirming startups and the actual design of their technologies.


This groundbreaking work has been developed by 14 experts:

Jeremy Cliffe (Open Society Foundations),

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook (Bertelsmann Stiftung),

Jose Ignacio Torreblanca (ECFR),

Tyson Barker (US Department of State),

Maria Paz Canales (Derechos Digitales),

Trisha Ray (ORF),

Daniel Innerarity (EUI),

D.J. Flynn (IE University),

Marcin Kilanowski (NCU),

Peter Loewen (University of Toronto),

Elisabeth Braw (American Enterprise Institute),

Irene Blázquez Navarro (IE University),

Darío García de Viedma and Alex Roche (IE University).

The report is an integral component of Tech4Democracy, a global initiative led by IE University in partnership with the U.S. Department of State that was incorporated into The Summit(s) for Democracy launched in 2021 by President Biden. The initiative showcased its achievements in March 2023 at the Second Summit for Democracy in Washington, DC.