Bringing Transparency to Digital Political Campaigns, a Symposium at Princeton University

Event Description

Friday, December 2, 2022

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Robertson Hall, Bowl 016

 

If you plan to attend in person, please register here.

 

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.

Agenda

  • Session 1 (9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.): Understanding the Evolving Use of Online Platform Tools in Shaping Campaign Strategies
    Moderator: Andy Guess
  • Session 2 (10:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.): Addressing the Challenges of Monitoring Campaign Activities Online
    Moderator: Rebecca Weiss
  • Lunch and Keynote (Noon to 1 p.m.)
  • Session 3: (1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.): Understanding the Potential Harms of Digital Campaigns
    Moderator: Jonathan Mayer
  • Session 4: (2:20 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.): Developing Regulatory Responses that Promote Oversight
    Moderator: Mihir Kshirsagar
  • Closing Reception 3:30 p.m.

Those who cannot participate in person may watch via our livestream.

This event is co-hosted by the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP). 

Sponsors
  • Center for Information Technology Policy
  • Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)