Burns said that the erosion of democracy, partly has to do across the board with questions about the ability of democratic governance to deliver.
“I think you’ve seen some of that in our own country in recent years. We haven’t been immune from that at all,” he said.
“So, the challenge — and I think President (Joe) Biden has emphasised this is working with other democracies, as an analytical judgment — (is) to help restore that faith in the ability of democratic governance to deliver for people, Burns said.
That deprives authoritarian leaderships, whether it’s the Chinese Communist Party or (President) Vladimir Putin’s Russia, of an argument that they use that somehow authoritarian systems are better able to deliver. The reality is that there’s a great deal of resilience in democratic systems. But it’s important for all of us that have democratic governments to demonstrate that, to renew ourselves, the CIA director said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said certainly social media has become in many ways the key amplifier to domestic violence extremism, just as it has to malign foreign influence.
It proves a level the same things that attract people to it for good reasons, are also capable of causing all kinds of harms that we’re entrusted with trying to protect the American people against, he said.
It creates speed dissemination, efficiency, accessibility, a level of decentralised connectivity, he said.
I think I would say that both, with respect to malign foreign influence and with respect to domestic violent extremism, people need to understand better what the information is that they are reading,” Wray said.
A greater level of discerning skepticism is a crucial ingredient not just to protect from foreign misinformation, but also of violent extremism, he added.