Prevention tools


Table of contents

  1. For public institutions
    1. UK Government Communication Service RESIST toolkit
  2. For political candidates and activists
    1. The Pledge for Election Integrity
      1. What is the Pledge?
      2. Origins
      3. Who signs the Pledge?

For public institutions

UK Government Communication Service RESIST toolkit

The RESIST toolkit is a 50-pager full of insights and actionable tools to enable public service officials to understand and prepare for disinformation campaigns. It also contains thorough descriptions of tactics used by attackers.

While focused on a UK context, many of its recommendations are valid across jurisdictions.

For political candidates and activists

The Pledge for Election Integrity

What is the Pledge?

The Pledge for Election Integrity is a call from the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI) to candidates for the upcoming European elections in May 2019. They urge candidates “to take a stand against election interference by increasing transparency and fight the use of disinformation in campaigns”.

The Pledge was intentionally launched in a tense, heavy electoral context. Indeed, in the next year or so (2019-2020), major elections will take place in the European Union, the US and Canada.

Origins

The Pledge for Election Integrity was launched by the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity (TCEI), which was created to prevent election interference, alongside activities regarding democratic awareness, media engagement and education. Overall, the TCEI is a “bi-partisan group of political, tech, business and media leaders that seeks to foster a more collective approach to preventing the next wave of foreign election interference”.

The Commission is part of the Campaign for Democracy program, which “aims to become the world’s leading eco-system of dissidents and supporters of democracy” by “engaging supporters of democracy worldwide and building a powerful intellectual movement”.

This Campaign was itself launched by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO Secretary General and former Prime Minister of Denmark in 2017. Its core mission is “the advancement of democracy and free markets across the globe”.

Here are listed the five core engagements of the pledge.

Who signs the Pledge?

Whether they be political parties or candidates seeking office, “anyone that is or intends to run as a candidate for the European Parliament elections in May 2019, the U.S. elections in November 2020, or the Canadian parliamentary in October 2019 may take the pledge.

As of May 09th, 2019, 10 candidates have taken the pledge in the European Union, from Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Belgium, Romania and the U.K. (Scotland).

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