The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms is a critical concern of the 21st century. Over the past few years, there have been several attempts by foreign operatives, political parties, and populist movements to manipulate the outcome of elections by spreading disinformation, amplifying divisive rhetoric, and micro-targeting polarizing messages to voters. While the cyber element of election security has traditionally focused on securing ballot boxes or voter registration rolls, governments are increasingly concerned about the impact of harmful information on democratic outcomes. This panel will examine the global trends of social media manipulation, the legal and private self-regulatory responses currently being developed to address these challenges, who is trying to undermine Canadian elections, and what to expect during Canada’s 2019 elections.
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