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The ballot bots: as our politics goes online, can our laws keep up?

They didn't swing Brexit. In fact, most of them seem to be German. But make no mistake: they’re real, they’re over here and they’re spreading poison

By James Ball   February 2018

From Russia with love: foreign interference with our politics on online channels could become a big issue for our time. Photo: Prospect composite

The UK is trying to govern 21st-century election campaigns with 20th-century laws and regulations. Election rules in the UK spell out in excruciating detail how spending should be allocated between national and local campaigns on leaflets, billboards and more. They describe how office space should be allocated as a campaign cost and set precise limits on local campaign spending, at a rate of pennies per voter.

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