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Global Forum on Democracy & Technology

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 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 Brookings Global Forum on Democracy and Technology aims to meet that challenge. Led by Brookings President John R. Allen, its research and convenings seek to develop shared practices and applications for technology that can strengthen democratic societies around the world.

Research Areas

Governance

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

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Inequality

As they transform business and work, digital technologies have highlighted, and can deepen, economic and social fault lines across advanced and developing economies. How can the policy agendas in democratic societies harness technology to promote inclusive economic growth? In what ways can democracies use technological changes to build inclusive prosperity and bolster regional efforts to compete in global markets? And what can democracies do to facilitate the development of digital infrastructures that are developed by democratic countries and governed in line with liberal values?

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Security

Next generation technologies are increasingly available almost as quickly as they are developed. How can these advanced technologies be deployed responsibly by democratic states? How will rogue regimes and non-state actors look to exploit them and how can democratic governments cooperate in countering their malicious use? How can democratic societies navigate threats from authoritarian adversaries in the information domain and build resilience to cyber threats?

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Events

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Creating a tech equity agenda to advance American democracy: A conversation with Alondra Nelson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
calendar October 21, 2021
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Forensic algorithms: The future of technology in the U.S. legal system
calendar October 25, 2021
clock 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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Becoming a digital power: Japan’s path for domestic transformation and international influence
calendar September 16, 2021
clock 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM EDT
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Trans-Atlantic data flows: What’s next after the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?
calendar July 23, 2021
clock 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
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How should the United States approach China and Russia?
calendar June 21, 2021
clock 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
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The Marine Corps and the future of warfare
calendar May 18, 2021
clock 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
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A national strategy for AI innovation
calendar May 17, 2021
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How artificial intelligence is transforming the United States and the world
calendar January 7, 2021
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A conversation on international governance reform
calendar February 17, 2021
clock 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
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Nonstate armed actors and the U.S. Global Fragility Strategy: Challenges and opportunities
calendar February 18, 2021
clock 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
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