IFES’ Strategic Plan 2020-24 prioritizes four Strategic Outcomes, including Strategic Outcome 4: Technology, information and data positively serve elections and democracy.
Technology can be leveraged to promote civic participation, combat corruption, facilitate access to justice, enhance transparency and accountability, and support democratic inclusion and access to information. At the same time, technology has opened new fronts in the battle to protect and support democratic institutions and electoral processes. Cyberattacks and information influence operations present an increasing threat to election infrastructure and perceptions of electoral integrity. Election technologies are increasingly offered as a solution to overcome trust deficits with voters and increase efficiency and integrity of electoral processes, but they can also create new domains for manipulation.
As an established global leader on the use of technologies in each part of the electoral process, IFES has unique insights into the cyber risks and challenges to information integrity that may degrade democratic elections worldwide, as well as insights into how technology can be leveraged to support democratic partners. Our longstanding bilateral, regional and global partnerships with election authorities, civil society actors, oversight bodies, anti-corruption institutions and judiciaries, as well as our direct access to leading social media and technology companies, uniquely position us to provide sound advice and assistance on technology, cybersecurity and information integrity issues.
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