FEC must protect integrity of electoral system and voter decision-making in the digital era

Katharina Kopp | May 25 2018

The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) respectfully urges the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to adopt regulations to ensure that voters will have meaningful transparency and control over the digital data and marketing practices used in elections today. The FEC must boldly act and use its legal authority and leadership position to enact—as well as recommend—much-needed safeguards. We call on the FEC to tell campaigns that they must refrain from using digital tactics that promote “voter suppression.” It should also urge federal candidates not to use viral and other forms of stealth communications to influence voters through misinformation—including “fake news.” The FEC should go on record saying that political campaigns should not deploy digital marketing tactics that have not been publicly assessed for their impact on the integrity of the voting process—such as the use of predictive artificial intelligence products (including bots) and applications designed to bypass conscious decision-making (through the use of neuromarketing and emotionally based psychometrics). Read more.

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