Safeguarding public debate, its quality and possibility
Public debate is essential to a healthy and vibrant democracy. By enabling citizens and society as whole to come together, share ideas and engage in dialogue to collectively define the common good, it fosters the exchange of diverse perspectives, the formation of informed opinions and strengthens the ability of citizens to hold their leaders accountable.
Also facilitated by digital technologies, growing restrictions on civil society space and tightening media laws are observed in many backsliding democracies and authoritarian regimes, which are experiencing an upsurge in propaganda, surveillance, and censorship.
Combined, these intensifying trends not only threaten the quality of public debate, but its very possibility. Thus, to encourage open and constructive public debate that promotes understanding and dialogue rather than division and conflict, the Foundation is committed to: