The Commission will consider what a ‘good’ political campaign would look like in the platform era, and how platforms, the media, government and civil society might work together to achieve it. It will look at how civil society actors like charities deploy online campaigning, how journalists can engage voters more profoundly and what can be done to give them a more informed and meaningful voice in the election process.
- What are the values that make for ‘good’ online communication at an election and how can they be embedded in electoral institutions?
- What can be done to improve the transparency of elections and other political campaigns? How useful is transparency as a regulatory device?
- Information is supposed to improve politics but what can be done to improve both?
- What do people need to know in order to effectively fulfil their role as citizens? What do they know?
- How should we address perceived problems such as filter bubbles, lack of deliberation, the challenge of increasing diversity of sources and perspectives, the problems for mainstream political journalism, the rise of polarisation?
- How should political parties, government, the news media and platforms change to address the perceived decline in trust?
- What is the information crisis doing to the quality of debate and how can it be improved?
- Can we shift the focus from what should be restricted to capacity-building? How do we reclaim the original idea that communication technology can be empowering for citizens?
- To what extent are contemporary challenges to democracy routed in the political system or in the media? How do the two spheres interact with each other?