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“Impact of technology and the phenomenon of bots, fakenews, big data and others on the exercise of electoral and political rights, electoral processes and electoral regulation”

Madrid, 12-13th April 2018

Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales


The emergence and expansion of new technologies have had a great impact on our understanding of political participation, the exercise of political-electoral rights and the functioning of electoral processes. This International Congress seeks to open an academic space to work around these challenges, for which it has brought together prominent jurists, journalists and experts who will present at each of the thematic tables.


In this context, there is an open call for unprecedented academic contributions that develops these topics in order to incorporate them in one of the following tables:


  • TABLE 1: “Free and informed vote: new technologies and political-electoral rights”

This panel will analyze the impact of new technologies in the way of understanding freedom of expression in the network, the relationship between freedom and equity in political competition, new forms of participation and political discourse, the effect on political campaigns, the new forms of political advertising and political segmentation, the scope of the notion of cyber democracy, the reliability of electoral polls, the block chain system taken to the political arena, etc.


  • TABLE 2: “Electoral security: political participation in the network and vote security”

This table will focus on electoral security and the need to guarantee equity, participation and reliability of the networks. The debate will comprehend the risks brought by fakenews, bots or trolls, the post-truth in the media, the fact-checking as a possible response, the cyber security in the election process, the risks and opportunities of the electronic vote and electronic counting, the protection measures before hacks, the possibilities of foreign interference, etc.


  • TABLE 3: “Electoral system: regulatory framework and role of oversight bodies”

This table will focus on the regulatory needs generated by new technologies, the state of the art in terms of existing legal frameworks and possible innovations in the regulation of social networks, the progress in terms of regulations aimed at the protection of freedom of expression and the defense of equity in the political contest, the role that can be played by electoral bodies, international election observation missions or other monitoring bodies.


Contributions can be sent in any of the two formats:


(a)    Papers: those academic contributions that after being selected may be orally presented, for five to ten minutes, at each of the tables; or

(b)   Written communications: those works that will only be sent in written form, to be included in the materials available for each table.


Both types of contributions must be unpublished, since they may be published after the development of the Congress. A summary of the paper or written communication should be sent to the email address congress.elecciones@cepc.es no later than March 23rd, using the form available for this purpose. However, it is advisable to send the summary as soon as possible to ensure your eligibility and avoid overlapping themes.


Summaries Submission Deadline: 23rd March 2018


Form of submission of contribution´s summary

The summaries received will be submitted to a blind review process by the Scientific Committee of the Electoral Justice Global Network and the selected contributions will be announced on April 2nd 2018. The final version of the papers or written communications must be sent no later than April 10th 2018.


Format papers/communications: maximum of 15 pages; space 1.5; 6,000 words or 40,000 characters with spaces. They should include an abstract of a maximum 250 words and a biography of the author of a maximum 100 words.