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Is foreign interference a threat to political campaigns?

31 January 2020

The Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee will next week take evidence on transparency and democratic resilience in political campaigns. Witnesses include Paddy McGuiness, former Deputy National Security Advisor as well as campaigning groups and think tanks including Privacy International, the Open Rights Group and the Royal United Services Institute.


Tuesday 4 February in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At approximately 10.15am

  • Ben Scott, Director of Policy, Luminate
  • Elisabeth Braw, Senior Research Fellow, Modern Deterrence Project, RUSI
  • Lisa-Maria Neudert, Oxford Technology and Elections Commission
  • Paddy McGuinness, Oxford Technology and Elections Commission

At approximately 11.30am

  • Pascal Crowe, Data and Democracy Project Officer, Open Rights Group
  • Ailidh Callander, Legal Officer, Privacy International
  • Jon Lloyd, Head of European Campaigns, Mozilla Foundation

Possible areas for discussion

The evidence session will cover the extent of foreign interference in UK elections including the recent general election, whether foreign interference is aimed at specific goals or generally undermining faith in our institutions, how the role of regulators such as the Electoral Commission can be changed to better protect democracy and how we can better control the microtargeting of voters by political campaigners on social media.

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