2023 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum

Reinforcing democracies in a globalised world: Countering foreign covert influence and foreign interference

May 25, 2023 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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While foreign entities such as governments, political or corporate organisations have a legitimate interest in promoting and representing their interests abroad, some of their activities, in particular when they are linked to non-democratic regimes, may directly seek to bias the development of public policies or interfere in domestic processes through covert and deceptive activities. This can include disinformation campaigns, malign political financing and opaque lobbying, with the objective to manipulate public opinion, manipulate public decision-makers to advance their interests, undermine the integrity of elections and threaten vital security interests of another country. This session will explore how democratic governments, with businesses and civil society, can strengthen resilience to these risks through mutually supportive actions, including identifying and preventing information manipulation coming from abroad, and strengthening integrity and transparency in all forms of influence.

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