Blinken Emphasizes at Democracy Summit the Need for Technology to Uphold Democratic Values

Blinken Emphasizes at Democracy Summit the Need for Technology to Uphold Democratic Values

During the ministerial conference of the third Summit for Democracy in Seoul, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized the importance of ensuring that technology upholds democratic values. He highlighted the ways in which authoritarian regimes use technology to undermine democracy and human rights, stressing the need for a technological future that is inclusive and rights-respecting to drive progress in people’s lives.

President Joe Biden initially proposed the concept of a democracy summit during his campaign in 2020, calling for the U.S. and its allies to demonstrate that democracies are more beneficial to societies than autocracies. Blinken’s participation in the summit in Seoul aligns with this vision, focusing on the role of technology in maintaining and supporting democratic values and norms.

In addition to his remarks at the summit, Blinken met with South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and President Yoon Suk Yeol to discuss North Korea and the U.S.-South Korea alliance. These discussions reflect the ongoing efforts to strengthen partnerships and address key regional issues. The Summit for Democracy serves as a platform for promoting democratic principles and advancing cooperation among like-minded nations.

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