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Friday, June 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Testing New Methods for Social Media Monitoring by Civic Groups in Elections

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Over the past few years, social media have transformed the way political campaigns and elections are run. 2018 has seen a flurry of initiatives by civil society groups aiming to monitor online public discourse before, during and after elections. Using very diverse methods, they aimed to sample and analyse social media contents relevant to electoral observation. This roundtable organised by 'Supporting Democracy' will explore the ways in which election observers can analyse social media coverage of political campaigns and assess attempts to manipulate voters' choices through deliberate disinformation. 'Supporting Democracy' is a technical assistance project working for the European Commission. Through its working group on social media monitoring, it brought together recent work in this field by its consortium member organisations, Democracy Reporting International (Germany) and the National Democratic Institute (US) and enriched it with input from similar initiatives. This working group has been assessing and testing the methodological tools that may help civic groups design their own tailor-made monitoring projects. Roundtable participants will discuss some lessons learned in recent elections (using concrete examples), present building blocks for a joint methodology, and sketch out possible plans for cooperation among civil society groups that wish to monitor social media in elections.


Rafael Goldzweig

Research Coordinator, Democracy Reporting International
Rafael is the Research Coordinator of Democracy Reporting International, where he monitors the impact of social media on elections and referenda around the world. His work entails the development of methodologies and data analysis & visualisation to assess how social media impacts... Read More →
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Rasťo Kužel

Executive Director, MEMO 98, MEMO 98
I am a media & election expert with over 20 years of international experience. Since 1998, I have been running MEMO 98, a proficient media institution with extensive experience of delivering media monitoring on behalf of international institutions as well as technical assistance to... Read More →
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Mohamad Najem

Executive director, SMEX
Executive director at the Beirut-based digital rights organization SMEX (smex.org), the Middle East and North Africa’s leading digital rights research and policy advocacy organization. My work includes local and regional advocacy campaigns, research on privacy, data protection... Read More →
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Khadeja Ramali

social media and data analyst
currently working on social media analysis, focusing specifically on Libya and the current political discourse. Would love to chat to others so come find me, focus: social media, data analysis, online spaces, misinformation, sm collection tools

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
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