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[liberationtech] Documents of interest

David Jandura djandura at ifes.org
Tue May 17 09:49:14 PDT 2011


Of potential interest to list members:

Via, the Monkey Cage<http://themonkeycage.org/2011/05/thanks-to-catie-bailard-and-paper-links/>, Catie Snow Bailard has published two papers on the causal effects of internet use.  The first, a field experiment in Tanzania, examined the internet's impact on perception of the fairness of the last election.  The second study in Bosnia and Herzegovina measures the internet's effect on satisfaction with democracy.   Abstract for the first paper:


While scholarship is already underway investigating when the Internet will (and will not) facilitate political behaviors and organization, this study makes a unique contribution to this effort by considering whether the Internet also influences the desire to organize in the first place. Through a randomized field experiment conducted in Tanzania in the months leading up to the 2010 presidential election, this study explores whether the Internet influenced individuals' perception of the fairness of the election and recount. The history of protests, riots, and revolts precipitated by contested electoral results in nations transitioning to democracy render this an important consideration of the Internet's capacity to alter citizens' satisfaction with their government. Additionally, by employing a randomized field experiment, this study provides a direct test of the Internet's causal effect on political evaluations. The findings reveal that the Internet did negatively influence individuals' perception of the fairness of both the election and the subsequent re-count.


Also, the OSCE has published its Election Assessment Mission Report<http://www.osce.org/odihr/77557> for Estonia's recent Riigikogu elections.   The election allowed electors to cast ballots via the internet.



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