The Project on Democracy and the Internet will join the Kofi Annan Foundation to convene the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age to “examine and review the opportunities and challenges for electoral integrity created by technological innovations”. 

The foundation named Stephen Steadman, a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) and deputy director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), as its Secretary General. The Chair of the commission is the former president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla.

Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford Law Professor who co-leads the Project on Democracy and the Internet with CDDRL director Francis Fukuyama, will be joining the commission along with Stanford colleagues Alex Stamos, the former chief security officer of Facebook and adjunct professor at FSI, and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the ex-president of Estonia and Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

The Project on Democracy and the Internet, a partnership between the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, CDDRL, and the Stanford Law School will run the commission’s work. 

Read the full foundation statement here