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Election 2019: Can we trust our electoral system?

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 12:30 - 13:30

The use of personal data by political parties, targeted online advertising, the spread of information, misinformation and disinformation on social media – technology has transformed how election campaigns unfold in the 21st century.

But have our rules and regulations kept pace with technology? Is it possible to run a free and fair election in 2019? And does new technology provide opportunities to improve our electoral system, as well as dangers to be avoided? Our expert panel tackled these questions, and more.

Our panel included:

  • Sir John Holmes, chair of the Electoral Commission
  • Liz Carolan, head of Digital Action and co-founder of the Transparent Referendum Initiative
  • Dr Martin Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Communication, Media and Power at King’s College, London and author of Democracy Hacked
  • Will Moy, director of Full Fact.

The event was chaired by Gavin Freeguard, programme director at the Institute for Government.


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