Recent debates instigated by the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal reveal the transformative effect of big data analytics and artificial intelligence in modern political campaigning. This chapter summarises and contextualises the contributions contained in the present volume, which explore the issues arising from political micro-targeting in the age of big data analytics from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. The profiling practices that underlie data-driven political campaigns raise profound privacy issues. The use of the personal data of voters by political parties and movements, data brokers and the platforms on which they engage with the electorate are in many jurisdictions not adequately regulated. The contributions to this volume demonstrate that enhanced regulation of the use of personal data in the political process is needed not only to safeguard individual privacy but also for the protection of public discourse and democratic participation more broadly. Our democracy will suffer if we do not address the new threats to privacy arising from data-driven political campaigning.
|Title of host publication||Big Data, Political Campaigning and the Law|
|Subtitle of host publication||Democracy and Privacy in the Age of Micro-targeting|
|Editors||Normann Witzleb, Moira Paterson, Janice Richardson|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon UK|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Richardson, J., Paterson, M., & Witzleb, N. (2020). Political micro-targeting in an era of big data analytics: an overview of the regulatory issues. In N. Witzleb, M. Paterson, & J. Richardson (Eds.), Big Data, Political Campaigning and the Law: Democracy and Privacy in the Age of Micro-targeting (1st ed., pp. 1-14). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429288654-1