Blinken says authoritarian regimes using tech to undermine democracy


U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Gabriela Sommerfeld attend the third Summit for Democracy, in Seoul, South Korea, March 18, 2024. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool


SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday technology should be employed to sustain democratic values in the face of efforts by authoritarian and repressive regimes to deploy technology to undermine democracy and human rights.

Like-minded governments and their people were working together to promote free and fair elections, Blinken said, noting safeguarding democracy was a collective effort.

“As authoritarian and repressive regimes deploy technologies to undermine democracy and human rights, we need to ensure that technology sustains and supports democratic values and norms,” he said at the opening of the Summit for Democracy in South Korea.

(This story has been refiled to fix a spelling error in paragraph 1)


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