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Susser cited in comprehensive EU report on social media's influence on democracy and political behavior

Citing Rock Ethics Institute research associate Daniel Susser's "significant analysis," the report investigates the impact of online platforms on political behavior and identifies challenges that emerge when we interact on platforms not subject to much public oversight or governance.
by David Price Dec 10, 2020
Susser cited in comprehensive EU report on social media's influence on democracy and political behavior

Daniel Susser

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre's Science for Policy Report is designed to inform the preparation of the European Democracy Action Plan, Digital Services Act and EU Citizen Report 2020.

The 172-page report cites "significant analysis" by Rock Ethics Institute research associate Daniel Susser (assistant professor of information sciences and technology, and philosophy) as it considers manipulative targeting. Susser and colleagues examined the online manipulation spectrum, from forms of influence generally accepted as legitimate to those considered unacceptable, like coercion.

Here is the home page for the study, “Technology and Democracy: understanding the influence of online technologies on political behavior and decision making.”

This link will open a pdf of the complete study document.