Mobile Election

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Long, Elena ; Lovitskii, Vladimir ; Thrasher, Michael ; Traynor, David (2009)
  • Publisher: Institute of Information Theories and Applications FOI ITHEA
  • Subject: Mobile Text Messages | Mobile Election | Mobile Advertising | Question-Answering System | Text Analysis

Mobile phones have the potential of fostering political mobilisation. There is a significant political power in mobile technology. Like the Internet, mobile phones facilitate communication and rapid access to information. Compared to the Internet, however, mobile phone diffusion has reached a larger proportion of the population in most countries, and thus the impact of this new medium is conceivably greater. There are now more mobile phones in the UK than there are people (averaging at 121 mobile phones for every 100 people). In this paper, the attempt to use modern mobile technology to handle the General Election, is discussed. The pre-election advertising, election day issues, including the election news and results as they come in, and answering questions via text message regarding the results of current and/or previous general elections are considered.
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