The Polish Government’s Data-driven Authoritarianism

How Warsaw uses new technologies to influence society

7 February 2023

Marta Musidłowska and Blanka Wawrzyniak

The Polish government keeps finding new ways to run afoul of the EU’s rule of law regulations. Their new foray into data collection from its civilians will sadly follow the same logic and implementation, meaning another battle between Warsaw and Brussels is on the horizon.

While the Polish government has recently given many reasons to be worried about the rule of law and respect for human rights, data-driven authoritarianism has also been on the rise in Warsaw.

Changes in the Constitution and reforms of the judiciary system; the overuse of fast-track legislative procedures; violations of freedom of speech; repression of civil society organisations are just a few examples of the accusations issued against Poland by the European Commission.

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