Less than three years after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and in time for the US presidential election year, Internet Policy Review today launched its 10th special issue: ‘Data-driven elections’, edited by Canadian scholars Colin J. Bennett (University of Victoria) and David Lyon (Queen’s University).
In their published papers, the researchers address key questions that will challenge academic researchers and regulators for years to come, including the efficacy of voter analytics; the accountability of the major social media platforms; the contemporary regulatory responses in Europe and North-America; the impact on local party organisations; and larger questions about the capture of personal data on the electorate during, and between, election campaigns.
With a total of 11 peer-reviewed papers by top international researchers, two commentaries – one by Berlin-based Tactical Tech’s Varoon Bashyakarla; the other by the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Michael P. McEvoy – this special issue offers a an assessment of distinctive dynamics and characteristics of contemporary voter surveillance.
Internet Policy Review, the journal on internet regulation, is published by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin.
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The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) researches the development of the internet from a societal perspective. The aim is to better understand the digitalisation of all spheres of life. As the first research institute in Germany to focus on on internet and society, HIIG has established an understanding that emphasises the embeddedness of digital innovations in societal processes. As node in the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers, an initiative of scientific institutions worldwide in the field of interdisciplinary research on internet and society, the institute is trying to develop a European perspective on digital transformation. HIIG is committed to open access, among others with the publication of Internet Policy Review and with the DFG-funded InnoAccess project.
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Bennett, C. J. & Lyon, D. (2019). Data-driven elections: implications and challenges for democratic societies. Internet Policy Review, 8(4). DOI: 10.14763/2019.4.1433