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.

We've combed through the candidates’ platforms and public statements to determine how they might answer the following questions:


Privacy


Disinformation


Political Advertising


Competiton

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?

 

To make the voter guide more digestible, it includes Democratic candidates who have qualified for the November 2019 Democratic debate and will be updated as new information is made available.

 


 

About this Guide:

Authors:

Nina Jankowicz is the Disinformation Fellow at the Wilson Center in the Science and Technology Innovation Program, and the author of the forthcoming book “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict.”

Spencer Stucky is a Program Assistant in the Science and Technology Innovation Program and Digital Futures Project at the Wilson Center.