In 10 days, Karnataka, one of India’s richest and fastest-growing states, will hold elections to its legislative assembly. Its 65 million population places it alongside the UK, France or Italy in size. In 2019, the whole of India will go to the polls to elect members to its parliament. Given the proven and documented instances of social media and the internet being used maliciously to target voters from countries like the US, France, Britain, Germany, and Norway, elections to the world’s largest and most raucous democracy would seem like the next stop for this virus.
Close to the fire
The Election Commission’s quandary: Can’t play with data
Much like freedom of expression, increased user privacy is a complex issue which works for and against the interests of free and fair polls. With Karnataka elections here (and 2019 around the corner) is the EC any closer to solutions?
Following attempts by foreign countries to influence elections in democracies over the last 24 months, elections in India are not insulated. Just yet
India's election commission, while having the right intent, currently lacks the necessary urgency needed to tackle the problem of voter manipulation through social media
Curiously, the biggest source of data to individually identify and target Indian voters is the Election Commission itself
The EC needs to assert greater confidence and partnership from the public, its biggest ally against an unwilling political class