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The Best Practices of the Worst People

Dictators around the world are using technology to close the digital space and consolidate their power. Especially in the age fo COVID-19, surveillance, arrests of journalists and disinformation are on the rise. The vibrant, open public sphere is under attack. The panelists lead efforts around the world to get tools to activists and journalists under attack and track the activities of cyber-dictators. They will share what repressive governments do to limit the digital rights of their own people, how and why they do it, and what can be done to stop them.

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  1. Learn about the tools and tactics dictators use to close the digital civic space and what we can do to fix it
  2. Learn about the global network to support activists and journalists in the digital space
  3. Connect with civic activists to build a resilient digital activist community



Moira Whelan, Director, Democracy and Technology, National Democratic Institute

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