Data Exploitation in the Italian Elections

Political campaigns, debate and engagement has become increasingly digitalised in Italy.  In the run up to the 2018 Italian elections, social media and websites (vs. traditional methods of news such as print newspapers) played an integral part of campaigns and were a key source of information. 

However, this digitalisation has raised concerns, ranging from security flaws with software to facilitate voting and engagement with party members, to the use of Facebook to target voters and shape their perception of the electoral context, as well as for sharing disinformation, misinformation and inflammatory content.

A number of these issues were delved into in a report by Tactical Tech.