Political micro-targeting has become a popular topic after the surprise results of the 2016 US presidential election, the UK vote on leaving the European Union, and a number of general elections in Europe in 2017. Yet, we still know little about whether PMT is a tool with destructive potential or if it’s “just” a new phenomenon to be incorporated
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This essay argues that we have anxieties about micro-targeting because we have anxieties about democracy itself.
The Brazilian 2014 elections were the first to heavily apply Whatsapp as a micro-targeting tool. This paper aims to test the effectiveness of Whatsapp compared to more traditional approaches. First, we find that short videos delivered via WhatsApp are a powerful method of increasing turnout among teen voters. Second, we add Brazil to the list of
This study examines the conditions under which political behavioural targeting occurs in multi-party democracies, and explains differences between parties.
Abbreviated version of a speech delivered by the Member of the European Partiament Sophie in ‘t Veld in Amsterdam in May 2017 to Data & Democracy, a conference on political micro-targeting.
This article reveals restrictions on micro-targeting and data-driven canvassing in parliamentary democracies with strict data protection laws.
No previous study has offered a systematic comparative analysis of different forms of regulatory chilling effects online. This article discusses a first-of-its-kind case study that does so.
This paper is part of ' Australian internet policy ’, a Special issue of Internet Policy Review. Introduction In 2007, the Australian government took a dramatic new approach to the governance and management of remote Indigenous communities. The ‘Northern Territory Intervention’, as it became commonly known, was introduced as a means to combat
Internet intermediaries unilaterally define their terms of service (ToS) and enforce them privately by shaping the architectures of the networks and platforms under their control. Based on empirical evidence, Belli and Venturini argue that ToS and their implementation affect users’ rights.
Multi-sided online platforms such as social networks, search services and trading platforms can benefit society in important ways. This paper examines the competition effects of data portability among these platforms.