Future Digital Threats to Democracy

About this commentary series

It is increasingly clear that the breakneck pace of technological development in the 21st century poses new digital threats to all forms of democracy, yet government, industry, and civil society remain ill-equipped to grapple with these forces in real time. As part of the Center for a New American Security’s (CNAS) broader Countering High-Tech Illiberalism project, this ongoing series from Technology for Global Security and CNAS examines the elements and potential implications of digital threats to democracy over the next ten years. Written by authors Nina Miller, Alexa Wehsener, and Vera Zakem, each of nine installments identifies a cross-cutting digital trend, based on a broad array of driving factors.

Commentaries in this series

Technology & National Security

Digital Threats to Democracy: Ruling with a Silicon Fist

This ongoing series from Technology for Global Security (T4GS) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) examines the elements and potential implications of digital th...

Technology & National Security

Digital Threats to Democracy: Glass Nations, Glass People

This ongoing series from Technology for Global Security (T4GS) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) examines the elements and potential implications of digital th...

Technology & National Security

Digital Threats to Democracy: Eye See You

This ongoing series from Technology for Global Security (T4GS) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) examines the elements and potential implications of digital th...

Digital Threats to Democracy: Comfortably Numb

This ongoing series from Technology for Global Security and the Center for a New American Security examines the elements and potential implications of digital threats to democ...

Technology & National Security

Digital Threats to Democracy: A Double-Edged Sentence

This ongoing series from Technology for Global Security (T4GS) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) examines the elements and potential implications of digital th...

Digital Threats to Democracy: Breaking News

When a society loses trust in the media and the public does not know where to find credible data and information, polarization increases....

Digital Threats to Democracy: The Online Brain

What Is Digitally Impaired Cognition? A growing reliance on digital systems is gradually subverting human cognition by making it more difficult for individuals to maintain att...

Online and Off-Kilter: Forecasting Digital Threats to Democracy

New technologies come with unintended consequences. It is increasingly clear that the breakneck pace of technological development in the 21st century poses new digital threats...