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Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2022

Credit: Joachim Jacobsen & Lasse Skovgaard

Copenhagen Democracy Summit, 2022.

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit is an annual conference organized by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation. It brings together political and business leaders, including current and former heads of government, from the world’s democracies. The goal of the Summit is to be the top international forum for analysis on the security and economic challenges facing the democratic world as well as a forum for analysis on the interplay between technology and democratic norms.
This was an exciting and inspiring event, with an extraordinary line-up of speakers, given extra urgency by the recent invasion of Ukraine. You can watch all sessions on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.
urgency by the recent invasion of Ukraine. You can watch all sessions on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

Some of the highlights from the Summit

Day 1, Thursday 9 th June
This day was devoted mainly to technology and cyberwar issues, and the fight against misinformation. Apparently Ukraine suffered a cyber-warfare attack the day before the physical attack on 24 th February. Memorable talks were from representatives of Microsoft and Google, who helped Ukraine repel those attacks very effectively. We also heard from a number of Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellows supported by the Foundation.

Introduction: Media, Truth & Trust in a Digital Age
Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair, Microsoft.
Brad Smith gave an account of Microsoft’s role in the cyberwarfare in Ukraine as mentioned above. Apparently they helped the Ukraine government departments migrate all their software to the