Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Digital campaigning: Regulation and oversight 28 January 2021



How can we make sure elections in the UK are free and fair in the digital age? Unaccountable organisations use information about voters’ private lives to target them with messages. Fake 'bots' sow discord on comment pages. As the recent US election showed, it is harder and harder to police misleading fake news and disinformation. And in a digital age, tracking which party is spending what on campaigning becomes ever more complicated. In this webinar we draw on the expertise of academics, regulators and politicians to evaluate concrete proposals for achievable reform. Whether you are student of politics or interested citizen, this webinar contributes to the important work of trying to find a way to safeguard democracy.


Dr Katharine Dommett is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on digital campaigning and the role of technology in democracies. She serves as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies.


Professor Helen Margetts OBE FBA. Professor Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College. She is also Director of the Public Policy Programme at The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Louise Edwards is Director of Regulation at the Electoral Commission, the main body charged with overseeing elections. She has expert knowledge of funding and spending at elections and referendums, registering political parties and enforcement work.

Damian Collins MP. As Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in 2017 he published one of the most authoritative reports on disinformation and fake news to date, making detailed recommendations for reform of electoral campaigning.