Communication technologies are having a significant impact on the way we practice democracy around the world. Online platforms are an exciting and expanding space for citizens to gather information and voice their opinions. They offer new opportunities for politicians and their constituents to connect, and for young women and men and other new entrants to politics to cost-effectively find a voice and build their political networks. However, these platforms can also be a forum for misinformation, hate speech, abuse and harassment.
Sandra Pepera is a career diplomat and international development professional. Before joining NDI as its director for Gender, Women and Democracy, she spent thirteen years as a senior officer at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), including leading programmes in the Caribbean, Rwanda-Burundi and Sudan.