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What Is Digital Peace — And What Does It Mean for Democracy?

Today is Election Day in the US.

Across the country voters are heading to the polls to make their voices heard in this year's midterm elections. But in the lead up to today, there has been considerable concern among voters about how digital attacks could affect or undermine the voting process and people’s trust in their democracies.

As dozens of countries around the world also look ahead to elections in the next year, the concern is becoming a global one.

Take Action: Demand Digital Peace Now

By voting, citizens are able to choose the leaders who represent what they believe in and will fight for the changes they want to see. Elections provide a civic voice and platform to citizen, and technology has made participating in the civic process more accessible than ever before.

At the click of a button, voters can research and compare candidates, organize for issues they care about, and figure out how and where to vote. But at the same time, we’ve witnessed and uncovered attempts to manipulate this technology in an altogether undemocratic way. 

That's why Microsoft's Digital Peace Now campaign is calling on leaders to take action against cyberwarfare — when governments and nation-states use the internet and its networks to attack and undermine individuals and societies. The campaign has created a platform for citizens across the world to take immediate action on this issue to help strengthen elections against these kind of attacks.

When we all vote, we make our voices heard and by standing together against cyberwarfare we protect and project those voices.