Big Tech in 2020: A Presidential Candidate Primer
In a world of foreign election interference, privacy scandals, disinformation, and dark ads, the vector for these societal ills -- namely, social media -- has become a key issue for the 2020 Presidential Election. How have the presidential contenders addressed these issues, if at all? The Wilson Center cuts through the noise and unpacks what technology policy -- and by extension, our elections, political discourse, and daily lives -- might look like under each candidate. To make the voter guide more digestible, it includes Democratic candidates who have qualified for the February 2020 Democratic debate and will be updated as new information is made available.
We've combed through the candidates’ platforms and public statements to determine how they might answer the following questions:
What should the Federal Government’s role be in protecting user privacy online?
What roles should social media companies and/or the Federal Government play in content curation, especially concerning disinformation and foreign interference in elections?
How should online political advertising be regulated, if at all?
Should large social media companies such as Facebook and Google be broken up to preserve economic competition?