Data and democracy in the digital age

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In this report, Tactical Tech co-founder Stephanie Hankey and co-authors Julianne Kerr Morrison and Ravi Naik examine the increasingly prominent role of personal data in political campaigning and the inadequacy of current regulatory safeguards. The report was presented at the House of Lords on Wednesday 11 July, and is published by The Constitution Society.

Starting with a commentary on the increasing primacy of data to our personal lives, the paper goes on to explore the origins of political advertising and the inherent problems that exist as part of the wider data-brokering industry. The paper then lays out the current regulatory framework, highlighting the gaps, before concluding with recommendations to effect positive and real change in the field.