Technology & Democracy
Rapidly advancing information and communication technologies have had a profound impact on democracy around the world. They have provided new platforms for civic mobilization and the dissemination of news and commentary, but they are also subject to censorship, surveillance, and exploitation by antidemocratic forces.
Rapidly advancing information and communication technologies have had a profound impact on democracy around the world. They have provided new platforms for civic mobilization and the dissemination of news and commentary, but they are also subject to censorship, surveillance, and exploitation by antidemocratic forces.
With regards to internet freedom, Freedom House counteracts the rising tide of government control over the internet. We produce the preeminent analysis of global online freedom, the annual Freedom on the Net report, empower local experts in dozens of countries to speak up for the rights of internet users, and assist activists in recovering from digital attacks.
NEW: Election Watch for the Digital Age
Freedom House is piloting a new research initiative to investigate the interplay between digital platforms and election integrity. Election Watch for the Digital Age equips technology companies, civil society organizations, and policymakers with a data-driven resource for evaluating the human rights impact of internet platforms on a country’s electoral process. 
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Featured Analysis
The Pandemic's Digital Shadow
FREEDOM ON THE NET September 23, 2020
User Privacy or Cyber Sovereignty?
SPECIAL REPORT July 21, 2020
How Domestic Spying Tools Undermine Racial Justice Protests
PERSPECTIVES June 22, 2020
News & Perspectives:
Q&A: Social Media Regulation and the Perils of Section 230 Reform
PERSPECTIVES April 21, 2021
Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Internet Freedom Is Under Attack in The Middle East and North Africa
PERSPECTIVES January 19, 2021
Report: Global Internet Freedom Declines in Shadow of Pandemic
PRESS RELEASE October 14, 2020
India’s TikTok Ban Tightens the Government’s Grasp on the Internet
PERSPECTIVES July 31, 2020
Turkey: Passage of Social Media Law Curtails Human Rights Online
PRESS RELEASE July 30, 2020
Turkey: Büyükada Trial Verdict Lays Bare Assault on Human Rights
PRESS RELEASE July 9, 2020
China Media Bulletin
The monthly China Media Bulletin provides unique insight on censorship, media freedom, and internet freedom issues related to the People's Republic of China, drawing on both English and Chinese-language sources. Click to learn more, or subscribe here
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Freedom House in the Media:
Don’t Let Autocrats Run the Internet After Covid
May 31, 2021
Opinion: AI companies are enabling genocide in China
April 12, 2021
Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang
April 5, 2021
Featured Experts
Adrian Shahbaz
Director, Technology and Democracy
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Allie Funk
Senior Research Analyst, Technology and Democracy
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Kian Vesteinsson
Research Analyst
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