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Regulation Demands of Digital Politics

Cyber Politics
Democracy
Regulation
Security
Internet
Technology
P343
Jasmin Fitzpatrick
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Anika Gauja
University of Sydney
Jasmin Fitzpatrick
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Abstract

Aspects of digitalization entered different spheres of politics. Oftentimes, tools and applications entered politics step-by-step – they were “supposed to be good for democracy” (Unver 2017: 127). Experience has shown that digitalization has downsides and severe consequences for democratic systems. The unwanted effects of online campaigning show the vulnerability of election processes, fake news and computational propaganda undermine the assumption of fairness in competitive election as well as the value of truth and trust. Deliberation and participation became celebrated front windows for some parties, where quantity is held in higher regard than quality. Consequently, the demand for regulation was pronounced. However, regulation poses difficulties because of the global character of the digital sphere. Besides, the search for best practices has become a challenge for practitioners and scientists.

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