Efforts to mitigate the double edged nature of social media in politics must take into account local information environments
Keir Starmer was recently made to look stupid in a video edited by the Conservative party.
It's a slippery slope from satire to dangerous deepfakes.
Controlling a leader’s image via campaign-sanctioned photographs is an age-old practice in politics.
Controlling how leaders appear in photographs is an age-old practice in politics. It's in full force during the Canadian election.
Visualisation of election-related Twitter activity on QUT’s Sphere display.
Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
Are South Africa’s biggest political parties offering anything new to inject much-needed life into the ailing education system?
Here's what researchers found when they assessed the election manifestos of South Africa's three biggest political parties' and what they say about education.
The Mueller report reveals that Trump and his campaign did all kinds of ethically questionable activities to smear Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, including asking Russia to hack Clinton’s email. According to Attorney General William Barr, nothing Trump did was illegal.
Amid all the Mueller report uncertainty, one thing is clear: Donald Trump did some wildly improper things to win the presidency. So did Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, JFK and George W. Bush.
Voters are active on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, so that’s where the parties need to be.
After the 2016 US election and ensuing Cambridge Analytic scandal, there was a lot of scaremongering around digital election campaigning. But this hysteria is, for the most part, unfounded.
Educators can use story-telling to make students more politically aware.
Election campaigns inspire hope, but they can also quickly lead to political despair. A scholar says young citizens can learn how to take positive action and stay hopeful.
Opera goers are high multiplier voters. Win them over and you might get a few more supporters along the way.
Rapper Eminem performs in Santiago, Chile, in 2016.
Eminem is back and raging at Donald Trump - but for once the president has not retaliated. Maybe Slim Shady is just a bit too much like his core supporters.
Making manifesto promises is a misleading trend that is distorting the role of politicians and parliament
Trumpisms at your fingertips.
AP Photo/John Locher
What can future politicians learn from the president-elect's social media presence while on the campaign trail?
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics?
The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…
Donald Trump is a spectre of things to come: of political performance in an age of projection rather than representation.
The faultlines in democratic politics are clear. On one side is a system of democracy that is bad at making people feel represented. On the other are anti-politician performers like Donald Trump.
An election campaign is like a marathon; you can’t sprint the whole time.
Eight weeks of deadlines, debates, press releases, public appearances and handshaking. What should politicians and their teams do to stay healthy and sane?
The long campaigns of the US election give candidates more opportunities to come unstuck.
Longer campaigns suggest the government is confident in its ability to debate the issues, but also give it more chances to get caught out.
When complex, dense information is presented visually it can make a huge difference.
Data journalism and visualisation can help ordinary citizens understand complex issues in their societies more deeply. And that drives democracy.
EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
The US's long history of inventive campaign soundtracks seems lost on this year's contenders.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s London to Aldermaston march, 1958: an early example of mass political mobilisation to achieve a specific goal.
Political campaigns today are presented as products of bottom-up participation, not top-down direction. But even if a campaign appears grassroots-driven, it's likely to be run from the centre.
Young people can shape election results.
Fred Prouser/ Reuters
About 49 million young people are eligible to vote, representing a major potential political force. So, what can universities do to increase their turnout?