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Contested Data and the Catalan Independence Referendum

The Catalan independence movement made international headlines in the fall of 2017 when the Spanish authorities clashed with citizens in an effort to block the vote on a referendum to create an independent republic. The confrontation was the culmination of years of conflict between the government of Spain and pro-independence governments and groups in Catalonia.

In the wake of the UK’s EU referendum and Scottish Independence Referendum, the events surrounding the Catalan vote were cited as further evidence of crumbling confidence in the European Union's political status-quo.

Tactical Tech partnered with the Eticas Foundation to look behind the headlines and clarify the role that personal data played during the climactic events of the independence referendum, in which there was never a definitive majority for either side of the debate, and in which personal data and digital strategies played a surprisingly prominent role.

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