Private Sector Organizations
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
CSOs are non-state, not-for-profit, voluntary entities formed by people in the social sphere that are separate from the State and the market. They can include community-based organizations as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Examples include the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the US Agency for International Development; the United Nations Human Rights Council and many more.
Companies and Industry Associations
Companies and industry associations can play a vital role creating and enforcing trust standards that ensure that technologies are used to advance authoritarianism.
Leading academic institutions must be vigilant to ensure that endowments are not unwittingly investing in tech innovation and military expansion of totalitarian states. Academic institutions also play an important role identifying and opposing efforts of authoritarian regimes to leverage universities to spread propaganda. Confucius Institutes are a prime example of organizations that work to support China’s CCP in the guise of cultural exchange.
Confucius Institutes — most of which were closed throughout the United States after being designated a foreign mission by the State Department — are rebranding and reopening.
After a ProPublica story showed how China is censoring students on U.S. campuses, Purdue university President Mitch Daniels vowed to sanction students who report classmates for exercising free speech.