Technology and Democracy: Understanding the influence of online technologies on political behaviour and decision-making - CSH

Technology and Democracy: Understanding the influence of online technologies on political behaviour and decision-making


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JRC Science For Policy Report,
Publications Office of the European Union

 

Drawing from many disciplines, the report adopts a behavioural psychology perspective to argue that “social media changes people’s political behaviour”.

Four pressure points are identified and analysed in detail:

  • the attention economy
  • choice architectures
  • algorithmic content curation and
  • mis/disinformation.

Policy implications are outlined in detail.

 

S. Lewandowsky, L. Smillie, D. Garcia, et al., Technology and Democracy: Understanding the influence of online technologies on political behaviour and decision-making. EUR 30422 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg (2020)

 

 

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