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Digital interference in democratic processes: use and misuse of personal data (WP1682)

Against a backdrop of concerns over recent election processes and referenda and in the run up to the 2019 EU elections, this expert roundtable will provide an opportunity to explore the interface between technology and politics, examining ways in which personal data is used and misused in campaigning and elections and the implications for democracies.

Through a mix of roundtable, group and plenary sessions and informal discussions, the meeting aims to:

  • Generate and deepen understanding of the scope, scale, nature and impact of election interference and disinformation: what’s happening; who is being targeted and where; and what are the implications for the integrity of democratic processes?
  • Explore and develop strategies, oversight, monitoring and policy interventions which may be needed to mitigate risk, build resilience and maintain public trust and confidence in democratic processes.

Outputs will include:

  • Practical recommendations for future international collaboration between actors.
  • A new network/community of concern of stakeholders to carry forward ideas and policy solutions based on the recommendations.

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