The overall theme of the Seoul International Forum on Elections 2021 (SIFE) was finding a path to a better democracy after the pandemic. In the first part of the conference, panelists discussed the crisis of democracy and building trust in elections. The second part of the conference focused on the roles and responsibilities of social media platforms in elections. Social media has become a central part of our daily lives and is now one of the main channels for election campaigning as well. This is why platform companies are asked to assume a certain level of social responsibility and play a role that befits their influence in society.
Our expert focused on how the media landscape has changed over the last few years, also bringing about a shift in media’s impact on the democratic process that is particularly notable during election periods. The arrival of private actors that for the most part remain non-regulated, such as Facebook and Google, has greatly affected citizen’s ability to receive important information about elections. These players have become a principal platform of political interaction, as well as a critical vehicle for political advertising.
Here is the MEMO 98 presentation in pdf: sife-presentation-final-version
The program of the conference is available here:
The full video recording of the conference is available here