On December 6, 2023, DFRLab, Duco, and Anchor Change hosted a discussion on the landscape of international elections, how tech platforms are preparing for them, and what to expect over the next year.

In 2024, 83 national elections will be held in 78 countries around the world, including India, Mexico, Senegal, Ukraine, and the United States. The world will likely not see the same volume of global elections until 2048. This “superbowl” of an election year presents unique challenges to the global community that works on everything from election administration to information integrity.

Panelists highlighted risks regarding misinformation, privacy, algorithmic biases, and other emerging AI and regulatory trends, and share actionable insights to inform those developing global elections plans and strategies, and illuminate emerging global standards.

Speakers

Graham Brookie

Graham Brookie
Vice President and Senior Director
Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council

Patricia Campos Mello

Patrícia Campos Mello
Reporter at large
Folha de S. Paulo

Katie Harbath

Katie Harbath
Founder and CEO
Anchor Change

Rose Jackson

Rose Jackson
Director, Democracy + Tech Initiative
Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council

Amy Larsen

Amy Larsen
Director
Democracy Forward at Microsoft

Angela McKay

Angela McKay
Director, Trust & Safety Research and Partnerships
Google

Sidney Olinyk

Sidney Olinyk
CEO and Founder
Duco

Kay Spencer

Kay Spencer
Program Director, Elections
National Democratic Institute

Phumzile Van Damme

Phumzile Van Damme
Technology and Human Rights Fellow
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Agenda

3:00 p.m.: Welcoming remarks


Graham Brookie, Vice President and Senior Director, Digital Forensic Research Lab

3:10 p.m.: Briefing on the 2024 election landscape


Overview of the significance of the upcoming election year, including coverage of the elections landscape, highlighted risks, and case studies.


Katie Harbath, CEO of Anchor Change, Duco Expert, and Nonresident Senior Fellow, DFRLab

3:25 p.m.: Election integrity – A collaborative effort


How cross-sector collaboration enables democracy in the digital realm.


Patrícia Campos Mello, Reporter at Large and Columnist, Folha de São Paulo

Kay Spencer, Program Director, Elections, National Democratic Institute

Phumzile Van Damme, Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Moderator: Rose Jackson, Director, Democracy + Tech Initiative

3:55 p.m.: Global elections – Industry engagement


How tech platforms are preparing for the upcoming electoral wave.


Amy Larsen, Director, Democracy Forward, Microsoft

Angela McKay, Director, Trust & Safety Research and Partnerships, Google

Moderator: Sidney Olinyk, CEO and Founder, Duco

4:25 p.m.: Closing remarks


Katie Harbath, CEO of Anchor Change, Duco Expert, and Nonresident Senior Fellow, DFRLab

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The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

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