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A Report on the Impact of Digital Gerrymandering on Democracy

  • Legal Theory & Practice Review
  • Abbr : LTPR
  • 2024, 12(1), pp.91-123
  • Publisher : The Korea Society for Legal Theory and Practice Inc.
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law
  • Received : February 3, 2024
  • Accepted : February 24, 2024
  • Published : February 29, 2024

Lee Hyeong Seok 1

1우석대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The phenomenon of digital gerrymandering is emerging as a new challenge for democracy alongside the development of information technology. This paper aims to analyze how gerrymandering has evolved in the digital age and the impact of this phenomenon on democracy. Digital gerrymandering can be defined as attempts to manipulate voters' opinions and behaviors through the internet and social media platforms, presenting a different dimension of problems compared to traditional geographic gerrymandering. This paper explores the mechanisms of digital gerrymandering and examines its effects on the election process, political discourse, and the free decision-making of voters. In particular, it reviews how algorithm-based content recommendation systems can distort voters' access to information and perception, and how these can be utilized to promote or suppress specific political agendas. Additionally, the paper aims to analyze how digital gerrymandering exacerbates political division among voters and undermines the fundamental principles of democracy, such as transparency and fairness. By deeply analyzing the various impacts of digital gerrymandering on democracy, the paper seeks to examine policy responses to protect democracy in the digital age. It proposes effective legal and technological strategies and explores various approaches to ensure the free flow of information and the rights of voters. A comprehensive understanding of digital gerrymandering is crucial for strengthening democracy to fit the modern digital environment and for discussing specifically how all citizens can participate in fair and free elections.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.