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This site is a platform through which global civil society can share information, ideas, learning and resources related to engagement around the Summit for Democracy (S4D) and, in particular, the Democracy Cohorts set up as part of the process. The Summit comprises a series of events and a Year of Action (YoA) led by the US Government to support democratic renewal around the world. The Summit for Democracy as a process is an extraordinary opportunity to galvanize attention and mobilize international action; and the process associated with it is a critical platform for engagement on issues of democracy during the course of 2022 and beyond.

The goals of the site are threefold- first to act as a hub for information and conversations related to the S4D; second to ensure the transparency and inclusivity of the S4D processes, and third to bolster accountability for the various Cohorts implemented as part of the Year of Action.

On December 9-10, 2021, the US hosted a virtual Summit for Democracy for leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector. The summit focused on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and provided a platform for leaders to make both individual and collective commitments to defend democracy around the world. Approximately one year after the December 2021 Summit, a second summit will take stock of the progress made and forge a common path ahead. Invited governments to the US Summit for Democracy in December 2021 were asked to develop commitments focused on strengthening their own democracies in three areas – fighting corruption, countering authoritarianism and promoting human rights; but only a small number of invited governments engaged domestic or international civil society around these commitments and how they might be implemented. In the period between the first Summit for Democracy and the second Summit for Democracy (in late 2022), one key strategy for increasing the impact of the S4D will be civil society engagement on what governments are committing to and how they can deliver on those commitments.

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EVENTS

29 November 2022 22:00 - 23:30

Tech4Democracy Global Entrepreneurs Challenge

Virtual Event | Organised by Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator and IE University | Held in Stanford University in English
Addressing and fighting corruption
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The Silicon Valley Venture Day, co-hosted by IE University and Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator on November 29, 2022 at Stanford University, is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge and the year of action following the U.S. Summit for Democracy.  

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge is an IE University initiative comprised of five regional venture day competitions taking place in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America. The venture day competitions will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors to build upon and contribute to the global effort to advance technology for democracy. The winner of the Silicon Valley competition will receive a $1,000 prize. Regional winners will then compete for a monetary prize in a final global competition.

The November 29 event at Stanford is open to North American innovators, startups, and not-for-profit organizations working to develop democracy-affirming technologies. Selected entrepreneurs from Canada, Central America, Mexico, and the United States will present their innovations and compete before judges and a live audience. The benefits of participation and selection criteria can be found here Applications are due November 1st 

Suggested areas of innovation:  

  • Data for Good Governance: Technologies that allow for better data collection, processing, and visualization, to inform policy-making and decision-making processes in a way that is respectful of privacy and individual rights.  
  • Responsible AI and Machine Learning: Automated decision-making systems that provide equal opportunity, do not discriminate, and are fair, explainable, auditable, ethical, and accurate.  
  • Tools to Fight Disinformation: Technologies that support fact-checking efforts, identify bot activity or work on social data to promote accurate information on key matters, including electoral processes.  
  • Tools to Fight Polarization: Technologies that seek to diminish polarization by promoting thoughtful and mutually respectful engagement across deep social and political divides.  
  • Digital Identity and Trust: Transparency technologies and identity recognition or protection technologies that ensure inclusive access to digital public services and protection of sensible data.  
  • Transparent and Inclusive Government Data: Technologies that promote accountability and inclusive services and foster economic growth through the provision of data, services, and resources that startups, scaleups, and SMEs can leverage to generate business.  
  • Tools for Civil Society: Innovations that expand civic space, freedom of association and freedom of speech, combat surveillance on dissidents, and facilitate advocacy and engagement on national internet regulations and international digital policy.  
  • Privacy-Enhancing Technologies: Innovations that protect data, minimize personal data use, maximize data security, and empower individuals.  
  • Web3: Technologies that reinforce democratic values through decentralization.   

29 November 2022 00:00 - 23:30

Tech4Democracy: Silicon Valley Venture Day

Virtual Event | Organised by Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator, IE University, and the U.S. State Department | Held in Silicon Valley, California, US in English
Defending against authoritarianism
Register here

As part of the Biden administration’s Summit for Democracy initiative, the Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator, IE University, and the U.S. State Department will jointly host the Silicon Valley Venture Day on November 29, 2022 at Stanford University. Areas of innovation for democracy affirming technologies include: data for policymaking, responsible AI and machine learning, fighting misinformation, and advancing government transparency and accessibility of government data and services. Silicon Valley Venture Day is part of the Tech4Democracy Global Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge is an IE University initiative comprised of five regional venture day competitions taking place in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America. The venture day competitions will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors to build upon and contribute to the global effort to advance technology for democracy. Regional winners will then compete for a monetary prize in a final global competition.

 


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RESOURCES

  • Published On: November 14, 20221 min read

    The Youth Political and Civic Engagement Cohort is one of several multi-stakeholder platforms that are being launched as part of the Year of Action of [...]

  • Published On: November 7, 20220.5 min read

    Pursuant to the Year of Action for the Summit for Democracy, likeminded governments and civil society representatives are establishing a cohort on Resisting Authoritarian Pressure. [...]

  • Published On: October 18, 20220.6 min read

    18 Oct 2022 […]

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BLOGS

  • Published On: November 22, 20221.3 min read

    Many thanks to the civil servants who have asked how the next Summit for Democracy should be reshaped and improved, from increasing civil society involvement [...]

  • Published On: November 14, 20220.5 min read

    By Doussouba Konate 11 November 2022 […]

  • Published On: November 4, 20220.1 min read

    International IDEA and partners have created an Open Cohort Tracker to get a up to date glance on cohort activities and progress. Find and Contribute [...]

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Africa’s @MwilaChriseddy opens the panel discussion on how GenDem network members have engaged in youth-led actions around the #summit4democracy pillars. We are streaming this on our Facebook page. Here’s the link:

https://fb.watch/gPpSK9Qloi/

#GlobalSummitGUA2022 #UnitingYouth

💻Happening now!
@EUO_IDEA, the @EU_Commission, representatives from EU and NON-EU Governments and Civil Society Organizations explore S4D commitments on Youth Political and Civic Participations.

Watch it live @ https://youtu.be/s9jGk5t16Qw

@Int_IDEA @Summit4Dem #Summit4Democracy