Digital Media and the 2019 Federal Election Symposium

February 21, 2020, 8:30-4:45 - University of Ottawa


How did digital media impact and shape the 2019 federal election? How big a threat is disinformation for democracies? How are political parties using digital data to advertise? What is the impact of online harassment for politicians? We tackle these questions and more in our full day symposium featuring experts from 18 different research teams


8:30 – 9:00: Registration and breakfast (provided)

9:00 – 9:20: Opening remarks

9:20 – 9:40: Mapping the Landscape of the Digital Ecosystem

Panels 1 and 2, snack break

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch (provided)

Panels 3, 4 and 5, snack break

4:30: Closing remarks

Time: 9:40

Moderator: Elizabeth Dubois

Sara Bannerman and Julia Kalinina

Political Parties and Data Privacy

Damon McCoy

Facebook Advertising During the Canadian Federal Election

Sam Andrey

Who Targets Me? Political Advertising on Facebook in the 2019 Election

Online political advertisement

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Time: 10:50

Moderator: Mireille Lalancette

Shelley Boulianne

Climate Change, Social Media, and Political Parties

Kelsey Leonard

A Study of Indigenous Voices Online in the 2019 Canadian Federal Election

Jean-François Savard

Federal Election Candidates’ Interest in Indigenous Issues

James Walsh

Digital Media, Migration, and the Canadian Federal Election

Agenda-Setting & Issue Framing

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Time: 1:00

Moderator: Kelsey Leonard

Philip Mai, Felipe Soares, Anatoliy Gruzd 

Toxic Interactions and Political Engagement on Twitter

Heidi Tworek and Chirs Tenove

Trolling on the Campaign Trail: How Candidates Experience and Respond to Online Abuse

 Zeinab Farokhi

Rise of Islamophobic Emotional Rhetoric During the 2019 Canadian Federal Election

Online Harassment & Hate Speech

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Time: 2:00

Moderator: Sabrina Wilkinson

Greg Elmer

Fringe Politics: The Deep Web’s Impact on the 2019 Canadian Election

Jon Penney

Media Manipulation, Memetic Campaigns, and the 2019 Canadian Election

Megan Boler

Affective Media, Social Movements, and Digital Dissent: Emotions and Democratic Participation in the ‘Post-Truth’ Era

Mireille Lalancette

Moral rhetoric and the digital environment: The 2019 Federal Election Campaign

Disinformation, Emotion & Rhetoric

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Time: 3:20

Moderator: Nasma Ahmed

Fenwick McKelvey

Memes in the 2019 Canadian Elections. That’s it. That’s the headline

Sabrina Wilkinson

Say it on the ‘gram: Political Engagement on Instagram During the 2019 Canadian Federal Flection Campaign

Jean-François Daoust

The Quality of Online News and Citizens’ Perceptions of Pre-Election Polls

Eric Merkley


Public Opinion & Political Participation

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