Data-Driven Elections: Papers Published

Papers delivered at the Big Data Surveillance (BDS) 2019 workshop on Data-Driven Elections, hosted by Colin Bennett and David Lyon in Victoria by project partner the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPCBC), have been published in a special issue of Internet Policy Review, an international journal for academics, civil society advocates, entrepreneurs, the media, and policymakers.

The workshop on Data-Driven Elections was prompted by the massive increase in political use of personal data during elections, as vividly evidenced by the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook (CA-F) scandals during 2019.

The papers, by researchers in Canada, the US, Europe and Brazil, address the efficacy of voter analytics; the accountability of the major social media platforms; the contemporary regulatory responses in Europe and elsewhere; the impact on local party organizations; and larger questions about the capture, analysis and use of personal data on the electorate during, and between, election campaigns.    

The papers from the workshop can be found at: