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How to Protect Democracies from Disruptive Technologies

THE GLOBAL EXCHANGE PODCAST

July 19, 2021

In this episode of The Global Exchange, Colin Robertson speaks to Kristin Lord, Thorsten Benner, and Christopher Walker about how democracies can respond the authoritarian use of technologies.

This session took place during RightsCity, a conference organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)

Participant Biographies:

  • Kristin Lord is the President and CEO of IREX, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. 
  • Thorsten Benner is co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. His areas of interest include international organizations (focusing on the United Nations), peace and security, data and technology politics, and the interplay of the US, Europe and non-Western powers in the making of global (dis)order. 
  • Christopher Walker is Vice President for Studies and Analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy. In this capacity, he oversees the department that is responsible for NED’s multifaceted analytical work, which includes the International Forum for Democratic Studies, a leading center for the analysis and discussion of democratic development.

Host Biography:

  • Colin Robertson is a former diplomat, and Vice President of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Read “A Full-Spectrum Response to Sharp Power,” a report by the National Endowment for Democracy.

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