Social Media and Participation: Opportunities and Challenges

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Closed Panel

Social media and other platforms for participation have transformed many aspects of politics, providing a new form of outreach to voters, a space for citizen participation, and a venue to both create and assess public opinion. In contrast with traditional media, online outlets offer a stage that is global as well as national. It provides a haven for hate speech and misinformation as well as a place to exercise democratic deliberation. This panel considers social media use and other participatory platforms across countries and contexts, demonstrating both opportunities and challenges for democratic practice.