Technology and Democracy: Understanding the influence of online technology behaviour and decision-making

Research report


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Published date: October 26, 2020

Author: Stephan Lewandowsky, Laura Smillie

Region: Europe

Subject tag: Data Access

Drawing from many disciplines, the report adopts a behavioural psychology perspective to argue that “social media changes people’s political behaviour”. Four pressure points are identified and analysed in detail: the attention economy; choice architectures; algorithmic content curation; and mis/disinformation. Policy implications are outlined in detail.
[This entry was sourced with minor edits from the Carnegie Endowment’s Partnership for Countering Influence Operations and its baseline datasets initiative. You can find more information here:]