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In recent years, digital technology has played an increasingly important role in elections. Social media platforms have been used to spread disinformation and manipulate public opinion, and ill-intentioned actors have been accused of weaponising online dissemination methods to interfere in the electoral process. However, digital technology can also be used to combat these threats. For example, online fact-checking sites can help to debunk false information, and experts can use big data analysis to identify potential vulnerabilities. In addition, public awareness campaigns can help educate voters about the risks of disinformation and how to protect themselves from it. By harnessing the power of digital technology, alongside more “traditional” approaches, can we better protect our elections from interference and manipulation?
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