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New election transparency rules—a step in the right direction, but not far enough

This stricter plan for online political ads is just one of the changes required to safeguard democracy

By Michela Palese & Alan Renwick  

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The government has announced plans to require “imprints” on online election materials. That may sound esoteric, but it’s important for the health of democracy. So is this a step in the right direction?

First, some context. Political campaigns, though often infuriating, are vital to democracy. They allow parties and campaigners to communicate directly with voters. They let voters engage in democratic debate. They provide information on the issues and candidates, allowing voters to make an informed choice.

A key component of political campaigns is “election material,” which the…

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