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Will the EU get a social media election? #EP2014UK - London 25 November 2013

As we head towards the European Parliament elections in 2014, how will social media affect the outcome? Is there a European digital space or is social media divided on national lines?


Opening presentation: This time it's different - The European Parliament Elections 2014 by Thibault Lesenecal

The debate was chaired by Jimmy Leach, Digital Consultant and former Head of Digital at FCO, Downing Street, The Independent.

Richard Howitt MEP  
Karen Melchior - candidate for European Parliament election 2014 (Denmark)
Ben Fowkes - Delib
Dr Andy Williamson Consultant and blogger on political digital engagement

Find our speakers' profiles on Twitter in this handy @EPinUK list


All political parties now spend an increasing amount of their resources on trying to affect the social media landscape, but are these effective - or is it more noise than value?

Over the last 5 years, the rise of large scale social media has buffeted public events as the creation of mass publishing tools allows everyone to share their opinion. But has this actually affected outcome of these events, especially elections, and have elections actually been swung by social media?