Internet and the Political Campaigns. The Perspective of the Italian Legislation




social media, political communication, electoral campaigns, freedom of speech, right to information, digital populism, liberal democratic theory, free and conscious vote, free and fair competition between political parties.


This paper intends to discuss the issue of regulation of social networks as a media space employed by political actors (individuals or organizations) for the formation of public opinion and the construction of consensus in the context of the electoral campaigns: in more synthetic terms, social networks as an instrument of electoral propaganda. The main subject of my essay will concern, therefore, the problems de iure condito and de iure condendo about the subjection of communication on social media to rules aimed at ensuring a fair comparison between parties, lists, candidates in the electoral competition and, with it, the value of freedom and authenticity of the vote that emanates from article 48 of the Italian Constitution. This substantiates a constitutional directive in favor of a regulatory intervention of the legislator, called upon to achieve an adequate balance between the many rights and interests involved.


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Biografia do Autor

Ornella Spataro, Università degli studi di Palermo, Sicilia, Italia

Laurea in Giurisprudenza conseguita presso l’Università di Palermo il 27 aprile 1995 con la votazione di 110/110 e lode. Dottorato di ricerca in Diritto Comunitario e Diritto Interno. Fonti, Organizzazione, Attività, conseguito presso l’Università di Palermo (esame finale nel 2000). Borsa di studio denominata “Premio Giovanni Bonsignore”, istituita con L.R. Sicilia del 16/05/1991, n. 27, conseguita nel 1999 a seguito di selezione per esami e titoli. Diploma in Public Management conseguito presso il CERISDI (Centro ricerche e studi direzionali) a seguito di programma annuale di studio e ricerca.


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Spataro, O. (2022). Internet and the Political Campaigns. The Perspective of the Italian Legislation. Direito Público, 18(100).