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Campaign Bots & The Law
Transcript of Campaign Bots & The Law
Drown out protest, dissent, opposition
Falsely promote political popularity
Mimic real voters, constituents, movements
Send out propaganda
Bots and the Law
Political bots are among the most important recent innovations in political strategy and communication technology.
They are prevalent and persistent autonomous agents.
The noise, spam and manipulation inherent in bot deployment techniques will disrupt civic conversations and organization worldwide.
Bots are useful for
and astroturf legislative campaigns.
They can be used to
campaign strategy and messaging in complex ways.
They can be used to
voters for donations of money and time.
CAMPAIGN BOTS & THE LAW
R. Calo, P. Howard, L. Manheim, S. Woolley
are algorithms for manipulating public opinion, choking off debate, and muddying political issues over social media.
We sketch out how election law may apply to the known and anticipated uses of political bots, concluding that bots introduce if anything greater uncertainty into an already murky legal domain.
Hence, a concern for election law
If bots begin coordinating and campaigning, would their authors run afoul of campaign expenditure rules?
Could bots autonomously coordinate across campaigns?
Could bots solicit donations from foreign nationals, federal contractors, or other restricted targets?
Will bots preserve the disclaimers required of a campaign's public communications?