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In May 2022, UNDP launched an Action Coalition on Information Integrity in Elections as part of the Danish Government’s Tech for Democracy initiative. Among its activities, the Action Coalition plans to launch an online consultation to explore the key concerns and responses to elections-related information pollution in diverse contexts. This four-week exercise will also build a knowledge exchange which will aim to inform and strengthen global and national level mechanisms, decisions, and programmatic options to promote information integrity in elections.
This consultation is open to all who have an interest or stake in protecting the integrity of elections, with anticipated participation from UNDP HQ, country offices and Regional hubs, sister UN agencies, youth groups, researchers, media experts and journalists, civil society organisations, government institutions, electoral practitioners, and private sector/tech companies.
Elections are under attack around the world. The deployment of sophisticated disinformation tactics is now a common strategy to influence democratic processes. The Action Coalition on Information Integrity in Elections needs your help to identify what is going wrong, what the risks are and how we can address it.
Open exchange of opposing opinions and ideas during elections is fundamental to democracy. As political contests, elections require space for competing perspectives and a level playing field for a broad spectrum of political beliefs. However, today’s information ecosystems are no longer enabling this critical exchange. We cannot expect democracy to withhold when technology is being weaponised to undermine one its core pillars: free, fair, peaceful, and inclusive elections.
Many electoral support actors have been developing and deploying risk mitigation and response measures for civil society, media, government institutions and other stakeholders. Innovative digital tools to help fact-checking, online monitoring, etc form a growing part of these responses.
We need your help to develop consensus about the scale of the problem, what responses work and why, and how we can mobilise digital technologies effectively in this fight.
The goal of this Spark Blue consultation is to capture experiences, learning and knowledge from electoral stakeholders to inform a programmatic guidance paper on Information Integrity in Elections. This will be presented at multiple global forums, disseminated by the Action Coalition members and participating experts, and will be the first of its kind: A consensus-led guidance on addressing election disinformation in a technological age.
- Africa Freedom of Information Centre
- Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability, and Representation, Birmingham University
- Institute for Strategic Dialogue
- International IDEA
- Panos Institute Southern Africa
- The Samir Kassir eyes (SKeyes) Center
- United Nations Development Programme
- Niamh Hanafin - Senior Advisor Information Integrity, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clara Raven - Information integrity support, email@example.com
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