Improving the communications and information ecosystem to protect the integrity of elections
Headquarters, Room XI, Paris, France - 8 February 2018, 09:00 - 13:00.
UNESCO colloquium “Improving the communications and information ecosystem to protect the integrity of elections” discussed 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 organized 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.
The meeting was also aimed at assistting 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 were invited.
This meeting was 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.
Panel I. Network availability, security and integrity aruond elections
Panel II. Enhancing the quality of information around elections
Getachew Engida, Deputy Director General, UNESCO (English only)