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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, the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) has assembled experts to discuss the extent of the influence online platforms have on elections. We will discuss the strategies campaigns use to influence voters, including the use of social media influencers, and how we can develop mechanisms that promote democratic oversight of digital campaigns.
On the heels of the 2022 midterms, our goal is to learn from recent elections and help us improve federal and state mechanisms for monitoring online campaigning in time for 2024.
Session 1 (9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.): Understanding the Evolving Use of Online Platform Tools in Shaping Campaign Strategies
Moderator: Andy Guess, Princeton University
Session 2 (10:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.): Addressing the Challenges of Monitoring Campaign Activities Online
Moderator: Rebecca Weiss, Princeton
Lunch and Keynote (Noon to 1 p.m.)
Keynote address Commissioner Weintraub at 12:30 p.m.
Session 3: (1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.): Understanding the Potential Harms of Digital Campaigns
Moderator: Jonathan Mayer, Princeton University
Session 4: (2:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.): Developing Regulatory Responses that Promote Oversight
Moderator: Mihir Kshirsagar, Princeton University
Closing Reception 3:30 p.m.
Those who cannot participate in person may watch via our livestream.