“WikiLeaks and a network of anonymous hackers have become a major influence – but are they enhancing our democracy or undermining it?”
Wikileaks and a web of anonymous hackers have become a new important X to the equation on how voters get informed. Extremely important if we find allegedly Russia behind the curtains. Technology is increasingly playing a major role from the leaking of emails to cyber-attacks. Clinton has recently claimed that the Russian intervention made her lost the election and German chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the alike may happen in German elections in 2017. Martin Schallbruch, Digital Society Institute deputy director in Berlin puts evidence on the table: “We’re a year away from German national elections. And an attacker who stocks up on information today is better capable of action in nine months, be it leaking that information or blackmailing someone. It’s conceivable. We’ve seen it in the US, so why not in Germany?”. France’s TV5 was hacked in 2015 and in the Philippines, in May 2016, the government suffered the major data breach ever several months prior to the elections. In the Uk, the Panama Papers also weakened PM Cameron’s credibility before the Brexit vote. In the US, both candidates had very bad ratings from voters, and technology played a role as Assange and Putin could influence the election. Democracy and their institutions may be more fragile than we thought.