The Internet in Elections: Nudging Voters in Mexico – Bill Dutton


May 24th, 2018

June 15, 2018 all-day
Santa Fe
01219 Mexico City, CDMX
Gloria Mayne Davó LATAM DIGITAL

Bill Dutton will be speaking at a seminar on the Internet and Elections at CIDE in Mexico City. Centro Latam Digital, a new center for digital policy research, housed within Mexico’s CIDE, is hosting the seminar, entitled ‘Internet and Elections’. In addition to Bill, the speakers include Scott Wallsten, The Technology Policy Institute; Ron Deibert, CitizenLab; Lee Donn, Google; Daniel Moreno, Verificado 2018; and Judith Mariscal, Centro Latam Digital. Their topics range widely, including issues of cybersecurity and electoral system integrity, Internet and social media in campaigns and elections, polling, and electoral outcomes. Bill will draw from the Quello Search Project undertaken in seven nations to discuss the lessons learned from a 2017 of Internet users. The study provides a better perspective on how Internet users can counter concerns over such issues as filter bubbles, echo chambers, and fake news. Bill will suggest ways voters can be nudged in the weeks preceding the coming election.

Mexico’s CIDE

CIDE is Mexico’s Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics). It is a top think tank in the nation, publicly supported, and focusing on research and teaching in the social sciences.

Here is the agenda for the day:

Centro Latam Digital – Internet and Elections Seminar
June 15, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Auditorio Cuajimalpa, CIDE, Carretera México-Toluca 3655 Mexico City

Recent developments in electoral processes all over the world point to the urgency of having a broad discussion on the impact of the internet on elections with a multi stakeholder approach.

While it is important to harness the internet’s benefits for digital democracy, it is also urgent to identify the potential threats to electoral processes as well as possible solutions that can guide countries facing local and national elections in the future.
In the interest of providing insights to this conversation, Centro Latam Digital, a new center for digital policy research housed within Mexico’s CIDE, will host a seminar on Internet and Elections. This seminar will include speakers from a diversity of sectors, disciplines and countries who can provide useful observations from recent elections in several countries, some early perceptions from the Mexican electoral process as well as solutions for mitigating risk factors.

Speakers will cover a wide range of topics including cybersecurity and electoral system integrity, internet campaigning and social networks, polling and electoral outcomes.

Seminar Agenda

10:30 ​Welcome and opening remarks by Sergio López Ayllón, General Director at CIDE

10:40​ ​Speakers will be introduced by moderator Carlos Bravo, Director of the Journalism Program at CIDE

10:45 ​William H. Dutton | Quello Center | Michigan State University

Internet as a public sphere: information, search and politics
Professor of Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University, where he is Director of the Quello Center. He was the OII’s Founding Director, a Fellow of Balliol College and the first Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University.

11:00​ Lee Dunn | Google

Tech companies and their role in research and solutions for election integrity
Lee Dunn is the Head of the Elections Integrity Unit at Google where she focuses on educating campaigns, candidates, voters, governments and policy makers about use of Google and YouTube for voter outreach, and online campaign security best practices.

11:15​ Scott Wallsten | The Technology Policy Institute

Tensions on privacy and the possible regulatory responses
President and Senior Fellow at The Technology Policy Institute. He is an economist with an expertise in industrial organization and public policy. His research focuses on regulation, competition and technology policy.

11:30​ Alba Mora Roca | AJ+ | Verificado 2018

Early observations from the Mexican Elections, how to set up and run a multi stakeholder collaboration to provide a credible source of information
As a documentary director and video producer, Alba Mora creates visual journalism for online use. She heads AJ+ en Español which is one of the media outlets spearheading Verificado 2018, an initiative that gathers multiple media sources and CSOs to inform voters and combat fake news during the 2018 electoral process in Mexico.

11:45 ​Keila Gonzalez | National Democratic Institute

Experiences and observations from Latin America
Keila González is NDI’s Resident Senior Program Manager in Mexico. Before joining NDI, she worked to strengthen the electoral system and domestic observations in the Dominican Republic for elections in 2000, 2002 and 2004 in her role at Citizen Participation. She has trained and advised political parties, civil society organizations, public officials and legislators in 10 countries across Latin America on best practices for effective political parties, successful campaigns and fundraising strategies, strategic planning, advocacy, and women’s political participation among other topics.

12:00 Open dialogue:​ ​the moderator will take a few questions directed towards panelists from the audience

12:45​ Judith Mariscal | Centro Latam Digital | CIDE

Closing remarks and brief presentation of Centro Latam Digital
Dr. Mariscal is a professor and researcher in CIDE. She has been Director for Telecom CIDE, an independent research center for telecommunications in Mexico and Co-Director of DIRSI, an international think tank for research on ICTs in Latin America. She is currently the Executive Director for Centro Latam Digital.


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