Privacy & Free Speech in Online Politics: Cause for Alarm or Applause?

Privacy & Free Speech in Online Politics: Cause for Alarm or Applause?

CEI's Project on Technology & Innovation Releases Report on Online Profiling
December 04, 2001

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2001—The Internet has changed Americans’ lives in many ways, but how much will it also affect politics in America?  To what extent should online profiling—the information collected about visitors to political websites—be allowed?  How far should political websites go in aggressive outreach?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


These are just a few of the questions answered in a new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Project on Technology and Innovation for George Washington University’s Democracy Online Project.  The report, authored by CEI Senior Policy Analyst Solveig Singleton and CEI Senior Fellow James V. Delong, will also be discussed at a debate on privacy and online politics at the National Press Club Thursday, December 6 from Noon to 4 p.m.


“The techniques being used by political websites have great potential for breaking the hammerlock on the electoral processes that have long been held by incumbents, and any effort to restrict them would be significantly anti-democratic,” said Singleton.


The report, “Privacy and Free Speech in the Political Landscape”, is now available.  Both Singleton and Delong are available for interviews, at the National Press Club event and by calling CEI at 202.331.1010.



Debate and Roundtable Discussion on Privacy and Online Politics

*“Privacy and Free Speech in the Political Landscape” report will be discussed



Thursday, December 6, 2001

Noon to 4 p.m.



National Press Club

Holeman Lounge




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