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Aligning technology governance with democratic values

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Technology policy has become a defining issue of global politics. Digital platforms and infrastructures have fostered greater connection and community around the world, but they have also empowered malicious actors and regimes. Likewise, artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies have given rise to new breakthroughs in science and medicine, as well as new forms of surveillance and repression. The new technologies promise greater economic prosperity, but they can also worsen economic disparities that can undermine democratic governance. A central challenge democratic societies face is how to govern advanced technologies in a way that reinforces liberal norms and values while outcompeting authoritarian models.

The global spread of these technologies has raised pressing governance questions. What can democratic societies do to ensure the responsible development and deployment of trustworthy AI? What kind of coalitions and institutions will be required for democratic models of technology governance to take root globally?  And how can democratic governments regulate digital platforms responsibly and effectively?

On October 27, the Brookings Global Forum on Democracy and Technology hosted a symposium to address these and other challenges to developing technologies that can strengthen democratic societies around the world.

Viewers submitted questions via email to or on Twitter using #TechGovernance.



Keynote remarks

Session I: Platform governance in an era of digital repression

Session II: Multilateral coalitions for technology governance in support of democratic values

Marietje Schaake

International Policy Director - Stanford University Cyber Policy Center

International Policy Fellow - Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI

President - Cyber Peace Institute

Session III: Strengthening international cooperation on AI


Andrea Renda

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy (GRID) - Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)


Lynne Parker

Assistant Director of Artificial Intelligence - White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Francesca Rossi

IBM fellow and AI Ethics Global Leader - T.J. Watson IBM Research Lab


Elissa Strome

Executive Director, Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy - CIFAR

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