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With every election cycle, political campaigns become more and more reliant on online platforms to target voters. Yet, regulatory measures for campaigns have not kept pace with the rapid development of digital campaigning. The public is largely in the dark about the tactics campaigns use on platforms like TikTok, Google and Facebook to distribute their campaign messaging.
In this day-long symposium, we assemble experts to discuss what we know, what we don’t know, and what we should know about the extent of the influence online platforms have on elections.
We will discuss the strategies campaigns use to influence voters, including the use of internet influencers, and how we can develop mechanisms that promote democratic oversight of digital campaigns.
On the heels of the 2022 midterms, we seek to learn from recent elections and help us improve federal and state mechanisms for monitoring online campaigning in time for 2024.