Professor Arnaud Mercier holds a PhD in Political Science and is currently Professor of Information and Political Communication at the Pantheon-Assas University in Paris. He is also president and chairman of the board of the website TheConversation France. Professor Mercier conducts research on journalism, social media in the context of elections, and political communication. His recent publications include Tweets from the Campaign Trail: Researching Candidates’ Use of Twitter During the European Parliamentary Elections (Peter Lang, 2016) and La communication politique (CNRS Éditions, 2017).
Democracy is the fundamental characteristic of Western nations, as well as a soft-power asset. As such, free and fair elections are a core part of the practice of democracy. However, recent cases have shown democratic nations to be vulnerable to hostile objectives. The principles of journalistic freedom and free speech can be exploited to undermine the very values […]
This panel will consider what makes a candidate trustworthy to his electorate. We will discuss where the line between protecting private information and enhancing transparency should be drawn. Furthermore, we will explore how ethical considerations might impact campaign funding.