2020-12-30 Influence Industry

While the European Union has not witnessed the full-blown, American-scale ‘datafication’ of its politics, there are clear signs that politics across the bloc are trending in that direction. … Elections in Europe are … gravitating even more towards becoming competitions of digital strategy and farther away from the democratic ideal of a pure contest of ideas.

Reflections on the European Democracy Action Plan: An Easily-Overlooked Concern, by Varoon Bashyakarla, for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Comments

As a USAian, I want to say that the impact of campaign datafication is easy to overstate – the 2016 Clinton campaign was the most data-driven campaign in history, and lost to a reality TV star. The real impact of datafication in the US is fine-tuning the process of gerrymandering.

– elpherHbgARa 2020-12-31 15:04 UTC


Good point!

– Alex 2020-12-31 20:43 UTC


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