Elections in the Digital Age
Mittwoch, 12. Juli 2017
Universität der Künste Berlin
"Digital footprints: Predicting psychological traits from social network data”
Lecture by Michał Kosinski (Stanford University, USA)
"Elections in the Digital Age"
Discussion by Joanna Bronowicka (Director at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights, Viadriana, Frankfurt/Oder),
Jörg Heiser (Institut Kunst im Kontext, UdK Berlin), Anja Mihr (Program Director Humboldt-Viadrina Center on Governance through Human Rights, Berlin) and Anne Roth (Data and Surveillance Researcher, Berlin)
Psychologist Michał Kosiński and his scientific work were at the centre of a much-shared and -discussed article that appeared in Swiss paper Das Magazin (and then also in Vice magazine) end of last year. The article traced connections between Kosiński’s research into the psycho-demographic reading of social network data, and the way such findings have been employed by companies supporting the successful Brexit and Trump election campaigns.
After Dr. Kosiński’s lecture, the panel will discuss: What is the impact of technology on elections? Can micro-targeting political ads change how people vote? What should be done to protect freedom of choice, privacy and freedom of speech during elections? As the German federal election is approaching, we want to take the time discuss the lessons from recent elections in US and Europe together with experts in human rights, data science and politics.