Improving the communications and information ecosystem to protect the integrity of elections

UNESCO colloquium “Improving the communications and information ecosystem to protect the integrity of elections” will discuss the impact of social media and internet providers on political communication and ways of strengthening the integrity of electoral processes in collaboration with the national electoral bodies. UNESCO is organizing this event in partnership with the Global Network Initiative (GNI), which is a multi-stakeholder organization of information and communication technology companies, civil society organizations, academics, and socially responsible investors, working collaboratively to promote and protect freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet. UNESCO envisages that the meeting will help assist UN electoral assistance providers with ideas on how to improve their electoral programs and activities. Representatives of regional organizations that undertake election observation missions upon the request of their Member States will be invited so that all the participants will benefit discussing new digital challenges to electoral processes and systems. This meeting is intended to provide social intermediaries and ICT companies with a platform to discuss existing and new measures aimed to the strengthen integrity of electoral processes in the field of media and communication and engage with UNESCO Member States on these issues. Where: UNESCO Headquarters 7, Place de Fontenoy 75007 Paris France When:8 February 2018, 09:00 – 13:00 Register Online Program Schedule