Past Bay Area Democracy Funders Events
A perfect storm is swirling around November’s presidential election with ominous signs of bitter partisanship and chaos amid surging Coronavirus cases.
The COVID-19 pandemic and widespread voter suppression — sanctioned by a Supreme Court majority — present unprecedented obstacles to a fair election, especially in marginalized communities.
The presidential year begins amid an historic political impasse at home and continued democratic decline across the globe. Autocrats now run three of the world’s four largest democracies, with syst
Judicial independence may be the most consequential — though least visible and discussed — long-term threat to a well-functioning American democracy. The partisan political climate in the U.S. has emboldened lawmakers to undermine the role of an independent judiciary by mounting unprecedented assaults at the state and federal levels.
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Access to the ballot and voting rights continue to be threatened in increasing and unprecedented ways. Nearly half the states have enacted new voting restrictions since 2010.
State and federal officials readily acknowledge that the shadows that hung over the 2016 vote have not cleared. These include attempts to interfere with state voting systems, dissemination of misinformation through social media platforms and using techniques such as automated “bots.” With the recent revelation that the data of up to 87 million Facebook users may have been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the firm connected to the Trump campaign, there is heightened fear and confusion ahead of November’s midterm elections.
We’re bringing together digital, policy, and philanthropic experts to address those threats to a functioning democracy, the concrete ways to protect election integrity in the United States and around the world, and the role of funders. The meeting takes place in Menlo Park at the Hewlett Foundation, which recently pledged $10 million to study social media and digital disinformation.