SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom - Samir Kassir Foundation

Digital Rights, Online Media and Electoral Campaigns

Monday , 29 February 2016

Recognizing the rising number of criminal charges against social media users the Samir Kassir Foundation’s SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom has endeavored to put together a set of recommendations for Lebanese government officials and lawmakers to implement long overdue amendments in the existing media and electoral law and practices. This research is conducted within the framework of the European Union-funded project entitled “Civil Advocacy and Mobilization for Electoral Reform” led by the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE).
The main aim of this initiative is to equip legislators and decision-makers with conceptual and regulatory tools to constructively engage with the open and inclusive nature of social media, and to strengthen their potential for enforcing fundamental democratic principles and liberties. In line with this overall goal this report provides a set of recommendations to safeguard against the abuse of the new communication platforms and to prevent violations of voter privacy through unchecked data trading and harvesting. These recommendations are based on a systematic review of social media policies in Europe, North America and elsewhere and draw out key trends and lessons learned about the key risks and potentials of personalized public communication in political campaigns.

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