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A Conversation with T.H. Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence


T.H. Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
David Rohde, Senior Executive Editor for National Security, NBC News

“How can the U.S. government and the U.S. intelligence community help prevent digital authoritarianism?”

– David Rohde

“Part of what we’re trying to do is lift up the different strategies, mechanisms, technologies that are being used in digital repression.”

– T.H. Avril Haines

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Global threats are growing due to the rise of digital authoritarianism, characterized by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for surveillance and the dissemination of disinformation.
  • Various authoritarian governments employ a range of methods, with China excelling in technology-driven repression, while Russia relies on legal structures and organized systems.
  • It’s crucial to advocate for transparency initiatives aimed at revealing the activities and tactics employed by authoritarian governments.
  • Collaborating with technology firms and policymakers is crucial to developing technological standards and strategies that address digital repression while preserving the benefits of AI and technology.