The Road to Digital Unfreedom: Three Painful Truths About Social Media

Article
January 2019

Not so long ago, the internet was being lauded as a force for greater freedom and democracy. With the rise of intrusive and addictive social media, however, a discomfiting reality has set in. 

India Under Modi: Threats to Pluralism

Article
January 2019

In the world’s largest democracy, liberalism is in retreat, as evidenced by a pattern of assaults on minorities, press freedom, and the independence of key cultural and intellectual institutions.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: How Artificial Intelligence Is Reshaping Repression

Article
January 2019

Democracies must grapple not only with the proliferation of AI to authoritarian and illiberal regimes, but also with the temptation that AI poses for democratic governments themselves.

The Road to Digital Unfreedom: The Threat of Postmodern Totalitarianism

Article
January 2019

There is a growing sense today that democrats worldwide are in a race against time to prevent cyberspace from becoming an arena for surveillance, control, and manipulation.

Fighting Terrorism: The Democracy Advantage

Article
January 2018

Despite worries that terror groups can turn open societies’ very openness against them, the numbers reveal that liberal democracies enjoy significant advantages in resisting the threat of terrorism. 

Tanzania: Shrinking Space and Opposition Protest

Article
July 2017

Since Tanzania’s 2015 elections, rising repression and opposition protest have displaced an older dynamic of comparatively restrained and unchallenged dominance by the ruling party. 

The Freedom House Survey for 2016: The Dual Threat of Populists and Autocrats

Article
April 2017

In 2016, established democracies figured prominently on the list of countries experiencing declines in freedom, while emboldened autocracies stepped up their repression at home and interference abroad. 

Two Traditions of Liberalism

Article
January 2017

A review of The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty: A View from Europe by João Carlos Espada.

Tunisia: Ennahda’s New Course

Article
October 2016

Tunisia is a small country, but its influential Islamist party has taken a big step by separating its political wing from its religious activities.

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