Open Internet Leaders

Digital transformation? First 500 days under New Marcos

It’s been more than a year since Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. was inaugurated as the President of the Philippines, after winning an election mired with fraud, according to election watchdogs. In his two State of the Nation Addresses so far, he has used the term “digital transformation” to describe a campaign that promises efficiency of services and better management for his government.

Where does the buck stop with Generative AI-ing Elections ?

We have seen an immense frenzy of Generative AI, but haven’t figured out answers to deal with the critical question of elections as a use-case. This blog outlines the need to collectively address the use of deepfakes in the electoral process as a key component to preserving democratic expression, with a focus on the upcoming 2024 Indian Parliamentary elections.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Shaping the Future of Global Digital Democracy through Localized Approaches

With internet freedom on the decline for the 11th consecutive year, digital authoritarians are not only increasing their technological capabilities, but also widening the scope in which their technologies are used for nefarious purposes.

Data Protection and Privacy in the Absence of Law: A Namibian exploration during COVID-19

In 2006, the Council of Europe launched "Data Protection Day" to commemorate the anniversary of the 1981 passage of Europe's data protection bill, "Convention 108." Today, Data Protection Day (also known as "Privacy Day") is celebrated globally to raise awareness about the rights to personal data protection and privacy. In recognition of this day, Open Internet Leader Nashilongo Gervasius examines current gaps in Namibia's data protection environment, and highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has further put citizens' data and privacy at risk.