Research articles on Information & Data

WhatsApp in Brazil: mobilising voters through door-to-door and personal messages

Mauricio Moura, The George Washington University
Melissa R. Michelson, Menlo College
PUBLISHED ON: 31 Dec 2017 DOI: 10.14763/2017.4.775

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

Two crates of beer and 40 pizzas: the adoption of innovative political behavioural targeting techniques

Tom Dobber, University of Amsterdam
Damian Trilling, University of Amsterdam
Natali Helberger, University of Amsterdam
Claes H. de Vreese, University of Amsterdam
PUBLISHED ON: 31 Dec 2017 DOI: 10.14763/2017.4.777

This study examines the conditions under which political behavioural targeting occurs in multi-party democracies, and explains differences between parties.

Internet policy and Australia’s Northern Territory Intervention

Ellie Rennie, Swinburne University of Technology
Jake Goldenfein, Swinburne University of Technology
Julian Thomas, RMIT University
PUBLISHED ON: 14 Mar 2017 DOI: 10.14763/2017.1.456

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

Private ordering and the rise of terms of service as cyber-regulation

Luca Belli, Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School
Jamila Venturini, Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School
PUBLISHED ON: 29 Dec 2016 DOI: 10.14763/2016.4.441

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.